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10 drug overdose deaths reported in 26 hours in single Ohio county

2019-10-01

Ten people in the same Ohio county died in a 26-hour period over the weekend after overdosing on fentanyl, according to the local coroner, prompting her to write a social media post warning of the dangers of the powerful drug.

“I urge friends and family of those who use to make sure you are armed with naloxone,” Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz wrote on Facebook Sunday. “Those who use should also test before using with fentanyl testing strips.”

The deaths all occurred in Franklin County, one of the most populous counties in the Buckeye State.

Dr. Ortiz said 10 is an “unusually high number” of overdose deaths in such a short time.

Fentanyl, which is often mixed with cocaine and meth, is about 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 28,000 people died in 2017 from synthetic opioid use, including fentanyl. West Virginia, Ohio and New Hampshire had the highest death rates.