Drug overdose deaths up 15% in Franklin County for first nine months of 2019, coroner reports 3

Franklin County coroner’s office released a report indicating that overdose deaths have increased 15% in the first nine months of 2019 as compared with the same period in 2018. A few factors such as more incidences of fentanyl being mixed with cocaine may explain why Franklin County saw an increase whereas other counties in the state have seen a decline.

The number of overdose deaths in Franklin County over the first nine months of 2019 increased 15% over the same period in 2018, even as some other Ohio counties are expecting to go down.

From Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, the Franklin County coroner’s office recorded 421 overdose deaths, according to a report released Monday by Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz.

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