Columbus Public Health Media Release

September 19, 2020


Kelli Newman,   614-645-7213,

Franklin County sees Significant Increase in Suspected Drug Overdoses in the Past 24 Hours

There has been a significant increase in suspected drug overdoses in Franklin County. There were 32 suspected overdoses within 24 hours.

Public health is urging anyone who uses drugs and their friends and family members to take steps to protect health by having naloxone on hand, using fentanyl test strips, and not using alone.If anyone is witnessing or experiencing a suspected overdose, call 9-1-1 immediately.

If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health or substance use related emergency, call the Netcare Access Crisis Hotline: 614-276-CARE (2273).

Residents seeking treatment can find a list of ADAMH providers at

For free mail order Narcan or more information on the opiate epidemic and community resources, visit


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