Coroner: 29 overdose deaths in Franklin County in 10 days

Franklin County Coroner's Office (WBSN-10TV)
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio – There have been four more overdose deaths in less than a 24 hour period in Franklin County according to Franklin County coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz.

Ortiz said on Friday there have been four more overdose deaths in the county since 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Two of the deaths were on the east side and two were on the west side of the county. The ages of the people who died range from their 20s to 50s.

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Ortiz said there have been 29 overdose deaths since Aug. 29.

Last week, the coroner's office reported five deaths located in the south and southwestern area of Columbus within a 12-hour span.

On Wednesday, another five deaths within 12-hours were reported out of the west and south side of Columbus.

The coroner urges 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.

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.

To locate these sites please visit: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/projectdawn.

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