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County reports new spike of fatal drug overdoses

October 3, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The coroner for the county that includes Ohio’s capital city is again warning of a spike in overdose deaths and encouraging friends and family members of addicts to obtain an overdose antidote.

Dr. Anahi Ortiz (AN’-ih-hee ohr-TEEZ’) of Franklin County on Tuesday reported seven apparent overdose deaths in 24 hours in greater Columbus.

Ortiz notes that the antidote drug naloxone is available from pharmacies without a prescription. The coroner recorded a spike of 18 deaths in a week last month.

A record 4,854 people died last year in Ohio from heroin, fentanyl and painkiller overdoses.

In August, authorities say a mixture of heroin and fentanyl at an Ohio prison led to nearly 30 people being treated for drug exposure or suspected exposure.

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