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

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The City of Columbus and Franklin County are teaming up to provide funding for a struggling program providing clean syringes and other services for drug users. 

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Health officials say more than 1.5 million free needles have been handed out to 3 thousand Columbus drug users to help stop the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases.

280 thousand dollars is being set aside in Mayor Michael Coleman's proposed 2016 Columbus budget for a needle exchange program and other efforts led by the AIDS Resource Center Ohio in the Short North to fight the ongoing heroin overdose epidemic.