New numbers from the Franklin County coroner painted a grim picture for how the opiate crisis has hit Central Ohio. The coroner said the number of people dying from a drug overdose is nearly double what it was a year ago. The spike in overdoses has caused Columbus firefighters to rethink how they do their jobs.
The coroner said 268 people died of a drug overdose from January 1st to June 30th. In 2016 that number was 143.
"I would tell (my son), 'I don't want to come home and find you dead Jake,'" said Phyllis Ricketts. "Jake said, 'Mom I don't want you to.'"