Franklin County's slight drop in drug overdose deaths in 2021 belies ongoing problem


While Franklin County had a slight decline in overdose deaths in 2021 compared to the previous year, it is still the second highest total recorded as the number of fatal drug overdoses continues to soar throughout Ohio and the U.S.

Franklin County had 825 people lose their lives to a drug overdose in 2021, with 89% of those reported deaths involving fentanyl, according to a report released earlier this month by the Franklin County Coroner’s Office. The death toll reflects a 4% decrease from the record 859 overdose deaths in 2020 but still represents a 48% increase over the 556 overdose deaths in 2019.