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coroner.franklincountyohio.gov

The Franklin County Coroner says the number of fatal drug overdoses during the first three months of the year are up 8 percent from the same period last year. 

Updated at 4:37 p.m. ET

The American opioid crisis is far from over, but early data indicate the number of deaths are beginning to level off, according to Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, citing "encouraging" results in overdose trends.

In a speech on Tuesday at a Milken Institute health summit, Azar walked through statistics suggesting deaths were plateauing and he highlighted efforts he says may be turning the tide in the drug epidemic.

Rural Americans are profoundly worried about the opioid crisis and their local economies and many are hoping government can help, according to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Authorities say 100 people have been charged with hundreds of counts of drug trafficking, including allegations of flooding the state with doses of deadly synthetic opioids. 

President Trump is promising a large ad campaign to try to stem opioid deaths, but Ohio has seen its tally increase even with such ads.

A newspaper survey of Ohio county coroners has found more than 4 thousand people died from opioid overdoses last year.

Ohio Public Radio

The Kaiser Family Foundation says more people died in Ohio from opioid overdoses in 2014 than in any other state.

Chillicothe police are responding to a 48-hour spike in drug overdoses. 

cnn.com

The Franklin County coroner's office reports 244 people died of drug overdoses during the first nine months of 2016. 

Columbus Division of Police

A Columbus drug dealer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for selling the elephant tranquilizer carfentanil as heroin. 

Ohio Public Radio

Columbus fire officials say 21 people were treated between 8 a.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday for opioid overdoses.

wcpo.com

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says lab tests confirm heroin seized in a recent arrest was mixed with carfentanil, a powerful elephant tranquilizer.