FRANKLIN – Franklin county coroner is reporting a increase in overdoses due to several factors.
“As you may have seen, Friday night to Saturday night our county saw 28 non fatal overdoses. This is a high number for our county. COVID 19 has showed us the vulnerabilities and deficiencies in our addiction services. In addition, it has increased the mental health needs of this population. From January to April 15, we saw a 50% increase in fatal overdoses. For the month of April alone we saw 62 people die of overdoses. In April we saw a younger age group dying of overdoses than in 2019: 25 to 35. In 2019 the majority were 35 and up.
“We need to push narcan and even as important fentanyl test strips. Much of the cocaine here in Franklin County is cut with fentanyl and sold without people knowing. We need to check in with those who use. And, we need to continue to advocate for wiser and better ways of treating those with addictions,” said Ortiz.