Nine overdose deaths reported over two days in Franklin County

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Franklin County Coroner says there has been a surge in overdose deaths in recent days.

Between 8 p.m. on May 14 and 6:15 a.m. on May 16, there were nine apparent overdose deaths.

The deaths were in the 43223, 43016, 43204, 43224, 43085 and 43207 zip codes.

The coroner’s office says it is conducting testing to confirm if the deaths are fentanyl-related. Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz says fentanyl has been the major cause of overdose deaths last year and so far this year.

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

Franklin County Public Health along with Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) will provide free naloxone with a brief training. To locate these sites please visit: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/projectdawn

Other distributors of naloxone and for resources and information on addiction, treatment and fentanyl testing strips go to: https://www.columbus.gov/publichealth

To find recovery homes and more treatment resources in Central Ohio go to: www.corrn.net

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