Fentanyl fuels local spike in drug overdose deaths

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Franklin County drug overdose deaths spiked for a second year in a row, an increase largely driven by an influx of fentanyl.

  • The powerful opioid accounted for 89% of last year's 825 deaths, per the latest county coroner's report.

Why it matters: U.S. overdose deaths have been rising for years and the pandemic exacerbated the problem, with lockdowns initially making it harder to access treatment.

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