COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio county has had an "unusually high number" of overdose deaths in just over a day, the county coroner said.
"At 10 o'clock this morning, 10 in the morning, we died of overdoses in about 26 hours," Franklin County coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz said on Facebook Sunday.
"I urge friends and family of those who use to make sure you are armed with naloxone, "Ortiz said on Facebook." Those who use should also test before using with fentanyl test strips. "
Fentanyl can be mixed with cocaine and methamphetamine to create a deadly combination, said the coroner.
The latest peak of overdose for which the office The coroner published it on August 1
" The majority of overdose deaths continue to be related to fentanyl, "the coroner said in a statement.
Ohio is not alone The country has been battling an opioid epidemic in recent years.In 2017, about 1.7 million Americans suffered from substance abuse related to prescription opioid painkillers.
That same year, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a national alert saying that "fentanyl-related drug and overdose incidents occur at an alarming rate. "
Opioids – drugs that reproduce the opioid analgesic properties – include both legal analgesics such as morphine and illegal drugs such as heroin or illicitly made fentanyl.
Fentanyl is potent and deadly.
It's 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin. Only 0.25 milligrams can kill.
In 2017, Franklin County created a 3-year opiate action plan to combat the state's opiate epidemic.
The plan included all types of partners, such as "first responders, law enforcement, mental health doctors, consumers, family members and members of the faith community," said Franklin County Council of Commissioners President John O & # 39 ; By
Some of the goals of the 2019 plan include hospitals working together to provide other pain management options, expanding prevention programs for college youth, and having the sheriff's office and county court system slave ated together to provide resources to people released from prison who have abnormalities in opioid use.