Franklin Co. Coroner urges public to obtain naloxone after seven overdose deaths in 18 hours

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The Franklin County Coroner’s office is warning recreational drug users and their friends and families to stock up on naloxone after another surge in overdose deaths.

According to a press release from the coroner’s office, seven apparent overdose deaths were reported in Franklin County between the hours of 6:03pm Monday and 11:45am Tuesday. The coroner’s office is working to confirm if these deaths are fentanyl-related.

Franklin County Public Health says they have seen an increase in fentanyl being mixed with street drugs, including counterfeit pills. This is not limited to just opioids, but all recreational drugs.

Officials urge anyone with family or friends who may be at risk for an overdose to take the necessary steps to have naloxone, an overdose-reversal drug commonly known as Narcan, available. Naloxone is available without a prescription at any pharmacy, and health insurance can be used to offset the out-of-pocket cost.  

Franklin County Public Health and Project DAWN provide free naloxone along with a brief training for those interested. Tap or click here to locate the trainings.

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