Franklin County Unveils New Plan to Combat Overdoses


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--With central Ohio now leading the state in drug overdoses, Franklin County health officials have unveiled a plan to combat the problem.

Leaders from Columbus and Franklin County hop to reduce the number of overdoses and overdose deaths this year by 15%, along with reducing the spread of blood-borne diseases, like hepatitis C.

The plan also wants to make sure that everyone has access to care, treatment and recovery support.

Officials say while drug addiction isn’t something that can be cured overnight, they are committed to doing everything they can so there’s a brighter future for all Ohioans.

Recent reports showed a nine percent increase in overdose deaths in just the first nine months of 2019 compared to all 12 months of 2018.

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