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Press Release
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

For the first nine months of 2017 our office saw 383 overdose deaths for Franklin County. This is a preliminary number and may be higher once finalized. This is al-ready above the full year number of overdose deaths for 2016 of 353. Fueling this number is fentanyl and the fentanyl analogues. We saw 230 fentanyl related overdose deaths in the first nine months of 2017 compared to 144 for all of 2016.

White males continue to be the most common victims. 76% of overdose deaths were in whites with 22% in African Americans. This is compared to 82%/18% for all of 2016. The largest number of overdose deaths in the first nine months of 2017 howev-er were in the 20 to 39 year age group compared to 2016, where the majority were 30 and above.

The zip codes with the 5 highest number of overdose deaths were 43207, 43223, 43211, 43232 and 43204.

Please find the 2017 data on our website at: https://coroner.franklincountyohio.gov/resources/opiate-statistics/2017-opiate-statistics