Pre-release data reported by the Associated Press on 2019 opioid overdose deaths indicates that for the first nine months of 2019, opioid overdose deaths grew at a faster rate when compared to the same time period in 2018.
Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz reported that her office recorded 421 drug deaths through September 2019. Representing at 15% increase from the same nine month period in 2018.
More importantly, overdose deaths continue to be driven by synthetic opioids primarily fentanyl. The deceased were individuals who died in Franklin county but may have lived elsewhere.