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Franklin County Coroner Issues Latest Overdose Death Statistics

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Franklin County officials today released preliminary overdose death statistics for the first nine months of 2019. 

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office says 421 people died of overdoses from January 1 through September 30 of last year. That’s an increase of 15% from the same time frame in 2018. Mike Foley reports.

The coroner’s office says 90% of the fatalities for the first three quarters of 2019 were opiate-related, with fentanyl accounting for nearly 84% of all overdose deaths.  Cocaine was found to be the cause in nearly 41% of the fatalities.

The coroner’s office also analyzed the numbers based on race and ethnicity, gender, and age. Officials say 67% were white, 28% black, 3% Hispanic, and 1% Asian. The number of males dying of overdoses continues to be higher than that of females – 69.4% to 30.6%.  Most of the fatalities occurred in people between the ages of 30 and 49.

The five zip codes with the highest number of overdose deaths for this period were:  43211, 43207, 43229, 43204, and 43232.

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. Foley has worked in various roles, from producing news and feature stories to engineering Live From Studio A sessions. A series of music features Foley started in 2018 called Music Journeys has grown into a podcast and radio show. He also assists in developing other programs in WCBE's Podcast Experience. Foley hosts The Morning Mix, a weekday music show featuring AAA, Columbus-area and Ohio-based musicians, along with additional artists that inspire him.
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