Federal authorities have broken up a drug trafficking operation in Marion.

The Franklin County Coroner's Office is reporting a spike in drug overdose deaths.  

Franklin County Coroner's Office

The Franklin County Coroner's office says nearly 600 people died from drug overdoses in 2019. 

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Hilliard police have arrested the parents of an infant who died from overdosing on fentanyl.

The Franklin County Coroner's Office says nearly thirty people have died of drug overdoses in the past 10 days. 

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The state has not carried out an execution in 18 months.

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

The Ohio Department of Health says the number of drug overdose deaths in 2018 declined from the previous year.

State prisons officials say two Madison Correctional Institute inmates are being treated at an area hospital for fentanyl exposure. 

Fairfield County Sheriff's Office

An Ohio prison inmate has pleaded guilty to federal charges of mailing more than a dozen threatening letters he claimed contained anthrax or fentanyl but proved to be harmless powder. 

Preliminary reports from the Franklin County coroner say 254 people died of drug overdoses in the first six months of 2019, up 4 percent from the same period last year. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is dismissing a legislator's proposal to use fentanyl to execute death row inmates as the state struggles to find a lethal injection protocol that will be approved by the courts. 

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The refusal of pharmaceutical companies to sell the state lethal injection drugs has capital punishment at a virtual standstill.

The Franklin County Coroner's Office has issued a warning after a spike in drug overdose deaths. 

The Franklin County Cornor's office says  six drug overdose deaths were reported Monday, following three reported over the weekend.  

An increase in drug overdoses in recent days prompted the Columbus and Franklin County Public Health Departments to issue an “overdose advisory” Wednesday.

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.

The Franklin County Coroner's office is reporting another spike in drug overdose deaths. 

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

A major pharmaceutical distribution company and two of its former executives are facing criminal charges for their roles in advancing the nation's opioid crisis and profiting from it.

China has announced that all variants of fentanyl will be treated as controlled substances, after Washington urged Beijing to stop fueling the opioid epidemic in the United States.

Authorities in China already regulate 25 variants of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid linked to thousands of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. But some manufacturers in China, seeking to evade controls, have introduced slight changes to the molecular structure of their drugs, giving them the legal loophole to manufacture and export before the government can assess the products for safety and medical use.

Men are dying after opioid overdoses at nearly three times the rate of women in the United States. Overdose deaths are increasing faster among black and Latino Americans than among whites. And there's an especially steep rise in the number of young adults ages 25 to 34 whose death certificates include some version of the drug fentanyl.

The Franklin County Coroner's Office has issued an alert following a drug overdose death spike from 3 p.m. on Friday to 12:30 a.m. on Saturday.  

Three more wrongful-death lawsuits have been filed against Mount Carmel Health System and the now former system doctor accused of ordering potentially fatal doses of pain medication for dozens of patients.

Mount Carmel Health System says it has tightened policies and drug access in its pharmaceutical services to address problems that jeopardized Medicare funding.

A 15th wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against Mount Carmel Health System and the now-fired doctor under investigation for ordering fatal doses of pain medications for dozens of patients. 

Mount Carmel Health System

An attorney for a former Mount Carmel Health System physician under investigation in connection with dozens of deaths says they're waiting to receive relevant records from the hospital as local authorities review the matter. 

Attorneys for a Mount Carmel patient's family say she died after being given a "grossly excessive" dose of fentanyl ordered by a doctor who was removed from patient care and is now under investigation for dozens of deaths.

A lawsuit alleges a Mount Carmel Health System hospital patient was given a lethal painkiller overdose in 2015 by a nurse now married to the doctor who ordered that dose and is under investigation.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have notified Columbus-based Mount Carmel Health that Medicare will stop paying for care at two hospitals where 34 patients died after a doctor ordered excessive doses of fentanyl unless the system quickly submits a plan that meets the agency's approval.