Franklin Co. OD Deaths up 88% so far in 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Franklin County Coroner says overdose deaths for the first six months of 2017 were up 88-percent over the same time frame in 2016. 

Dr. Anahi Ortiz's office says 268 people died in the county from an overdose from January to June of 2017, compared to 143 for the first six months of 2016.

The report adds that 80-percent of the deaths this year were from opiates, with another 56-percent fentanyl or fentanyl analogue related. 

In terms of demographics, the report says 72-percent were men, and 28-percent were women. 76-percent of OD deaths were white, and 23-percent were African-American, but there's an increase of 5-percent in 2017 for African-American deaths due to overdose.

The office also revealed the top 5 zip codes for overdose deaths this year: 43232, 43223, 43206, 43207, and 43211.

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