Coroner’s office reports 6 overdose deaths in 24 hours

By Bethany Bruner - The Columbus Dispatch (TNS)

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office said Friday that six people died from suspected drug overdoses within a 24-hour period.

Dr. Anahi Ortiz said in a post on social media that social distancing measures that are in place as a result of the coronavirus outbreak could cause an increase in substance abuse.

We have had a spike in our overdose deaths today - 6 persons in 24 hours. Social distancing may bring on more substance use. Be alert, check on family and friends, keep naloxone and fentanyl testing strips on hand. Contact Columbus Public Health for help.

— Franklin Co Coroner (@FranklinCoroner) April 3, 2020

Ortiz would not elaborate on whether all six of the overdose deaths are suspected opiate overdoses.

She said the overdoses involved four men and two women ranging in age from 25 to 43.

Additional information about the deaths, including where in the county they occurred, was not immediately available.

Ortiz encouraged those who are abusing opiates or know someone suffering from addiction to keep naloxone, an opiate overdose reversal drug, and fentanyl testing strips available.

By Bethany Bruner

The Columbus Dispatch (TNS)

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