The coroner of Ohio's most populous county reported 10 drug overdose deaths over a 26-hour period that ended at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. In a statement posted on Facebook, Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz said, "This is an unusually large number for our county during this time period."
Ortiz urged residents to carryan overdose medicine that immediately treats an overdose. She also warned residents about the dangers of fentanyl, a hyper-potent, synthetic opioid that can be easily mixed with cocaine and meth and even black market opioid pills.
Fentanyl is aboutthan heroin and can to be bought and sold online.
The opioid epidemic has ravaged the United States for most of the last two decades. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died from drug overdoses in the last 20 years, rising from 16,849 in 1999 to 70,277 in 2017. According to CDC estimatesand illicit opiates are linked to more than 430,000 deaths in the United States since 2000. In 2017, there were . This is more Americans than killed in a car or firearm accident.
Earlier this month, the Trump administrationnew funding for countries to combat the opioid epidemic. The administration is providing $ 1.8 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services to help communities combat the crisis.