Coroner: Overdose deaths on the rise in franklin county
The Franklin County Coroner says she's seeing a trend so concerning, she sent out an alert about it on Tuesday.
That number was 104 a year ago she said marking a 66% increase.
Ortiz predicted more than 500 people could die from overdoses in Franklin County by the end of the year, compared to 353 at the end of 2016.
Christine Loadman said she can relate after her 22-year old daughter Naomi died Saturday from a suspected drug overdose after being in a coma for a week.
"She never regained consciousness, I never got to speak to her again, so after a week, we had to remove her from life support," Loadman said.
Loadman said her daughter was an honors student, and loved sports until addiction took control of her life.
Now, she's urging others to seek help to avoid similar heartache.
"If you suspect that your child is using drugs, don't be afraid to get them tested, and reach out to support groups" Loadman added.
Wednesday, Franklin County commissioners along with Mayor Andrew Ginther are tackling the opioid and overdose crisis head on.
They'll be introducing the new Opiate Action Plan at the Reeb Avenue Center, according to spokesperson Robin Davis.
The plan will include ways to prevent opiate abuse, reduce the number of overdoses, and expand treatment options, according to Davis.