COLUMBUS, Ohio — The year 2020 will forever be remembered as the year of COVID-19. The year that shut down life as we know it, as society worked to outlast the virus until a vaccine could save the day. Luckily, we are in the beginning stages of vaccine distribution, and there is light at the end of the tunnel. But darkness still remains in the opioid epidemic that has ravaged Ohio and the rest of the nation for the better part of a decade. In fact, in 2020, the epidemic is as bad as it has ever been.
According to preliminary statistics released by Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz, Franklin County experienced 437 drug overdose deaths during the first six months of 2020 alone. That was a 73.7% increase from the same period in the previous year.