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Columbus Public Health Community Advisory for Increase in Overdose Deaths

Press Release: January 17, 2018

Kelli Newman Myers              Columbus Public Health         614-645-7213    


Community Advisory for Increase in Overdose Deaths with both Cocaine and Fentanyl in System Trend Highlights that Fentanyl can be found in any Recreational Street Drug

Columbus Public Health is issuing a community advisory to notify the public of an increase in overdose deaths with cocaine and fentanyl. This trend highlights that fentanyl can be mixed with all recreational street drugs, including cocaine, meth and heroin.

According to death certificate data, 30 percent of all overdose deaths of Franklin County residents had both cocaine and fentanyl in their system at the time of death. The number of deaths that involved both cocaine and fentanyl has more than doubled from 41 to 88 deaths from 2016-2017.

People using cocaine may be exposed to more drug substances than they thought, and should be aware of the high possibility for overdose and death with fentanyl.

Because fentanyl is being mixed with any street drug and not just opiates, public health officials advise recreational drug users, residents affected by substance use disorders, and their family and friends to follow our recommendations to reduce harm and death.

If you are using any street drugs:

Get naloxone, a drug which reverses the effects of an overdose.
Be aware of the dangers of mixing drugs including stimulants.
Layering or stacking drugs will not prevent an overdose.
Do not use drugs alone.
Seek treatment.
If you have a family member or friend who is using drugs:

Get naloxone.
If you administer naloxone, call 9-1-1.
If you don’t have naloxone, administer CPR.
Encourage your loved one to seek treatment.
“Fentanyl can be mixed with any street drug and the user may not even know it is in there,” says Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika W. Roberts. “If you are using any substance, you don’t really know what you’re getting. Fentanyl can be mixed with it – and it can kill you. If you are using any illicit substance, have naloxone on hand.”

For more information on the opiate epidemic and the Franklin County Opiate Action Plan, please click here.







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Personally Furnishing Naloxone by Emergency Medical Service Personnel

From the Ohio Division of EMS:

The State Board of Pharmacy has received several inquiries from EMS organizations asking if it is possible to provide naloxone to individuals who refuse transport after an overdose emergency, or to that person’s family or friends.

In response, they have developed the attached documents to guide EMS through the steps needed to provide naloxone in such a situation.

OBP 2 ODH Sample Naloxone Protocol

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Coming to The Ohio EMS Conference on May 16-17, 2016? Need a new Broselow tape?

From our friends at the Ohio Division of EMS:

The Ohio EMS for Children Program has multiple Broselow tapes available for distribution to EMS agencies who either do not have a length-weight based tape preference, or use the Broselow tapes already.

If you plan to attend The Ohio EMS Conference and would like to pick up these pediatric guides for your ambulances, please e-mail Joe Stack, Ohio EMSC Coordinator, at for more information.

FREE Concepts in Process Improvement Course for EMS, ED, Trauma, and Public Safety Professionals at The Ohio EMS Conference, May 17, 2016 in Columbus Ohio.

From the Ohio Division of EMS:

Process Improvement (PI) in the EMS world is largely an unknown, with anecdotal evidence suggesting its most common use is to “kill the bad apples. ”Concepts in Process Improvement” is a hands-on course designed to teach what PI truly is and how to start a PI activity.

The CPI course is designed for EMS, ED, trauma, and public safety professionals. Generously funded by the Ohio EMS for Children program, the 4-hour courses are conducted by staff from the Ohio Department of Public Safety, EMS Division, free of charge.

We hope you can join us for a CPI course at The Ohio EMS Conference presented by OhioHealth on May 17, 2016 at the Great Columbus Convention Center. Visit for conference and CPI information registration.  Please note that there is a separate registration for CPI, in addition to, the conference registration.

There is no charge for either The Ohio EMS Conference or the CPI Course.

See this flyer for additional information.