In last 26 hours about 10 people have died owing to overdoses of drugs In one of the county of Ohio. According to Dr. Anahi Ortiz, a Franklin County Coroner, it’s an “unusually high number” of deaths due to overdose in a very short period. Dr. Anahi Ortiz also suggested to the friends and families of the people to make sure to carry naloxone, and the person also should test prior using with fentanyl testing strips. A Franklin County Coroner also stated that mixing of fentanyl with methamphetamine and cocaine could be a deadly combination for individual.
The same incidence of overdose happens on August 12 of this year. In that incidence around six people had died in 24-hour time span. In his statement, Dr. Anahi Ortiz said that most of the deaths owing to incidences are related to fentanyl consumption. Ohio is one among the others as whole country has faced with the epidemic of opioid from the past one year. For instance, in year 2017, approximately 1.7 million people had suffered due to substance abuse disorders which are directly related to the consumption of opioid as a prescribed pain reliever.
In 2017, a national alert was issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration regarding drug overdoses, and increasing incidences regarding the consumption of fentanyl are rising at an alarming rate. Franklin County also set up the Opiate Action Plan for 3-year to fight the epidemic related to opiate in the state. In this plan, regulators included various partners like consumers, mental health clinicians, first responders, family members, law enforcement, and faith community members, said by John O’Grady, Commissioners president of Franklin County Board. In Franklin County, some other plans included co-working with healthcare service providers such as hospitals, clinics, etc. to provide alternative pain management options as well as awareness and expansion of prevention program for young generation.