With Overdose Deaths Rising, Ohio County May Open Second Morgue

FRANKLIN COUNTY, OHIO — Ohio’s most populous county may reportedly open a second morgue to deal with the rising number of drug overdose deaths.

Franklin County has experienced nearly 30 deaths because of suspected opioid overdoses between Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, according to Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the county’s coroner.

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Dr. Ortiz told ABC News that figure includes 10 overdose deaths in one day. “About 75 to 80 percent of our overdose deaths involve fentanyl or a fentanyl analog,” she said.

“Fentanyl has just gotten into everything. We’re seeing fentanyl in cocaine, fentanyl in methamphetamine, we’ve seen black market oxy with fentanyl in it. It’s just everywhere,” she added.

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