The patron of Ohio's most populous county reported 10 drug overdose deaths over a 26-hour period that ended at 10am Sunday morning. In a statement posted on Facebook, Franklin County Coroner Dr Ana Ortiz said: "This is an unusually large number for our area at this point in time."
Dr. Ortiz urged residents to wear– Overdose drugs that treat narcotic overdoses immediately. It also warned residents about the dangers of fentanyl, a hyper-potent, synthetic opioid that could easily be mixed with cocaine and methamphetamine, and even opioid pills in the black market.
Fentanyl is aroundfrom heroin and can be bought and sold online.
The opioid epidemic ravaged the United States for the better part of the last two decades. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died from drug overdoses over the past 20 years, increasing from 16,849 in 1999 to 70,237 in 2017. CDCprescription and illegal opioids have been linked to more than 430,000 deaths in the US since 2000. In 2017, there were alone It's more Americans than they were killed in car accidents or firearms.
Earlier this month, the Trump administrationnew funding from states to fight the opioid epidemic. The giving administration is giving the Department of Health and Human Services $ 1.8 billion to help communities fight the crisis.