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County Drug Overdose Deaths Up 73% In First Half Of 2020

Oct 14, 2020

Franklin County coroner Doctor Anahi Ortiz says fatal overdoses jumped 73% in the first half of 2020, with 437 deaths.  

Fentanyl compounds remain responsible for the bulk of deaths.  85% of overdoses involved fentanyl alone or combined with other drugs, up 5% from the same period in 2019.  Ortiz says methamphetamine related fatalities increased slightly in 2020.

The demographics of overdose remain largely unchanged.  

52% of overdose deaths occured in people aged 25-44, another 22% were 45-54.  

There was a 2% drop in the number of women who overdosed, 71% of deaths were men.  

Around two-thirds of all drug fatalities in Franklin County were white.