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Coroner: Total Drug Overdose Deaths In Franklin County Last Year Nearly Same As In 2017

Apr 26, 2019

The Franklin County Coroner’s office says preliminary overdose death statistics for 2018 show little change from the previous year. 

The office says in a news releasee 522 people died of drug-related overdoses, up by two from 2017. Opiate-related deaths accounted for nearly 92 percent, with fentanyl accounting for 79 percent of deaths.  In the same period for 2017, opiates accounted for 87.8% and fentanyl accounted for 61% of overdose deaths. Carfentanil-related overdose deaths decreased in 2018 to 1.1%, whereas, in the same period for 2017 they accounted for 18.5%. Heroin-related deaths also decreased to 12.2% from 15.9% in 2017.

Cocaine, methamphetamine and benzodiazepine-related overdose deaths increased in 2018 compared to 2017.

  • Cocaine:  39.4% vs 35%
  • Methamphetamines:  10.3% vs 4.9%
  • Benzodiazepines:  6.7% vs 4%                     

 

Looking at race and ethnicity, 22% of those who died of overdose deaths were African American, an increase of 2% from 2017. Hispanics also saw an increase in overdose deaths from 1% in 2017 to 3% in 2018. The Caucasian population saw a decrease in overdose deaths from 78% in 2017 to 74% in 2018.The top five zip codes with the highest number of deaths were 43207, 43204, 43223, 43206 and 43228.