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Franklin County Coroner Laments 'Sad Week' After Rash Of Overdose Deaths

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Jacquelyn Martin
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Associated Press

The Franklin County Coroner says nearly 30 people died of drug overdoses in the past 10 days.

Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz wrote in a Facebook post Sunday that there were 23 fatal overdoses from Jan. 31 to Friday and then five on Saturday.

She says that “most of these folks most likely died from fentanyl.” WCMH reported that Ortiz previously cited 10 overdose deaths on Jan. 31.

Ortiz encouraged people to use fentanyl testing strips and to carry the overdose antidote naloxone if they feel they need to use drugs.