- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The central Ohio coroner whose office includes the state’s biggest city has announced a 2016 summit to address an alarming increase in fatal drug overdoses.

The event planned in Columbus in March by Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz (AN’-ih-hee ohr-TEEZ’) includes health, law enforcement, addictions treatment and other officials from around the county.

Anahi says the goal is to raise awareness of residents about the crisis and try to come up with solutions.

The state Department of Health said last week a record 2,482 Ohioans died of drug overdoses last year, many of them involving heroin laced with the painkiller fentanyl.

Franklin County had 193 overdose deaths last year, down slightly from 2013.

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