Coroner: Overdose deaths remain about the same from 2017 to 2018 in Franklin County

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

COLUMBUS — The Franklin County Coroner’s Office released its preliminary overdose death statistics for the full year 2018.

From January 1 to December 31, 2018, 522 people died of overdoses. In 2017, The coroner's office reported 520 deaths.

(Franklin County Coroner's Office)

Opiate-related deaths accounted for almost 92 percent of overdose deaths. The coroner's office says fentanyl fueled that number, accounting for 79 percent of all overdose deaths.

The top five zip codes with the highest number of overdose deaths for 2018 were 43207, 43204, 43223, 43206 and 43228.