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Franklin County records at least 32 suspected overdoses in 24 hours
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Franklin County has seen a dramatic increase in suspected overdoses in the past 24 hours, according to Columbus Public Health. Health officials are issuing a warning asking people to take precautions.

Columbus Public Health says at least 32 people are suspected to have overdosed in the past 24 hours.

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The public health agency is urging those that use drugs and their family or friends to take precautions such as having naloxone on hand, using fentanyl test strips, and not using alone.

If someone is experiencing a mental health or substance-related emergency, you can call the Netcare Access Crisis Hotline at 614-276-CARE (2273).

Those that live in Franklin County can find a list of ADAMH providers at here.

Naloxone is available for free mail order. Find more information here.

Rising overdoses including deaths have skyrocketed during the pandemic.

There has been a 65% increase in overdose fatalities compared to 2019, according to Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz.

“Addiction is a disease of despair and there’s a lot more despair lately in terms of unemployment and the isolation,” said Ortiz. 

According to her data, there have been more overdose deaths among the Latino and African American communities this year compared to years past.

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