Franklin County Coroner issues overdose death spike alert after 5 die in 9-hour period

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The Franklin County Coroner issued an overdose death spike alert for Franklin County on Saturday after five people died of overdoses in a little more than a nine-hour period.

The deaths occurred between 3 p.m. March 1 to 12:30 a.m. March 2 and most occured on the east side of Columbus, Dr. Anahi Ortiz said.

Dr. Ortiz is urging those who use drugs to carry naloxone or Narcan, never use alone and to test their substances with Fentanyl testing strips.

“We know that most of the drugs in our area are mixed with fentanyl or fentanyl analogs. This includes cocaine and meth. Many of those who use may not be aware of this so it is important to test before using,” said Dr. Ortiz.

Franklin County Public Health along with Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) provide free naloxone with a brief training.

To locate these sites please visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website

To locate other distributors of naloxone and for resources and information on addiction and treatment, visit the Columbus Public Health website.

For information about Fentanyl testing strips the Columbus Public Health website.

To find recovery homes and resources in Central Ohio visit the Central Ohio Recovery Residences Network.

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