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Coroners raise new concerns after July overdose death spike

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy, in Montpelier, Vt. Five state attorneys general announced lawsuits Thursday, May 16, 2019, seeking to hold the drug industry responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that has become the biggest cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. The new filings in Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, West Virginia and Wisconsin mean 45 states have now taken legal action in recent years against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. Some of the states are also suing Richard Sackler, a former president and member of the family that owns the Connecticut-based firm. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio coroners are raising new warnings following a spike in drug overdose deaths.
Ten overdose deaths were reported through Wednesday in Montgomery County, which is home to Dayton. That number compares with a total of 18 deaths in all of June.
Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger says there’s a strong likelihood that street drugs, including cocaine, may be laced with fentanyl or other fatal chemicals.
The coroner serving the Columbus area reported nine overdose deaths in 48 hours between Saturday and Monday.
Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz (AN’-ih-hee ohr-TEEZ’) said residents with family or friends at risk for overdoses should have the anti-overdose antidote Naloxone available for them.
Ohio saw a record 4,854 unintentional fatal overdoses in 2017, the most recent year for which statewide data is available.