Five die from overdoses in 12 hour period in Franklin County

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Franklin County Coroner’s Office says there has been a surge of overdose deaths throughout the county.

Between 2:30pm Tuesday and 12:44am Wednesday, there were five apparent overdose deaths in the south and southwestern areas of Columbus

The coroner’s office said it is conducting tests to confirm if the deaths are fentanyl-related.

The coroner’s office has a message for those with friends or family members at risk for an overdose.

For those Franklin County residents with family or friends that might be at risk for an overdose, please take the necessary steps to have Naloxone available for them.

Naloxone is a lifesaving tool used for opiate overdoses. The general public can obtain naloxone at any pharmacy without a prescription at a cost or with health insurance. Franklin County Public Health along with Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) will also provide free naloxone with a brief training.

Tolocate these sites please visit:

http://www.odh.ohio.gov/projectdawn.

Other distributers of naloxone can be found through the Columbus Public Health web site: https://www.columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=2147486631.

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