Coroner: Fentanyl likely cause of 9 overdose deaths in less than 2 days in Franklin County

Franklin County Coroner's Office (WBSN-10TV)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Franklin County Coroner's office says it has seen another surge in overdose deaths.

Nine people died from apparent overdose deaths in less than two days from 8 p.m. on May 14 to 6 p.m. on May 16.

The coroner's office is currently testing to see if these overdoses are caused by fentanyl and will have those results in a couple of weeks.

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Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz tells 10TV that she is fairly confident that fentanyl is the cause of those deaths.

Dr. Ortiz says 80% of overdose deaths in 2018 were caused by fentanyl and the number for 2019 is pretty similar.

Most overdoses are happening in the west and south sides of Columbus, according to Dr. Ortiz.

The coroner's office says families or friends that might be at risk for an overdose should take the necessary steps to have Naloxone available for them.

For more information regarding naloxone, fentanyl testing strips, treatment and recovery homes please see:

  • The Franklin County Public Health along with the Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) will also provide free naloxone with brief training. To locate these sites, click here.
  • Other distributors of naloxone can be found through the Columbus Public Health website.
  • Fentanyl testing strips
  • To find recovery homes and resources in central Ohio, click here.
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