Medical officials in one Ohio county said at least nine people died from drug overdoses in a two-day period.
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The Franklin County Coroner’s Office said the area had “a surge in overdose deaths” on Tuesday and warned residents that the deaths could be fentanyl-related.
Officials said at least nine people died from overdoses between Saturday and Monday. Six of those deaths occurred on Monday, according to the coroner’s office.
“Our toxicology team is conducting initial testing to confirm if these deaths are fentanyl-related,” the office said in a statement. “For those Franklin County residents with family or friends that might be at risk for and overdose, please take the necessary steps to have Naloxone available for them,” it added, referring to the emergency overdose reversal drug.
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