U.S. Attorney warns about the rise in Fentanyl overdose deaths

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — During President Trump's State of the Union address he said the opioid epidemic was getting better in Ohio. However, while heroin overdoses are down, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, David DeVillers said overdose deaths caused by Fentanyl are at an all-time high.

"The problem now, is not necessarily the heroin," DeVillers said. "it is the Fentanyl that is getting into other drugs."

In the first nine months of 2019, DeVillers said there were 421 overdose deaths in Franklin County. That is a 15% increase from 2018. 83% percent of those deaths were Fentanyl related.

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