Joseph Boden died March 20 after overdosing on fentanyl while serving a 90-day jail sentence. However, his name is just one of an estimated nearly 120 people who died in Lorain County of opioid overdoses this year.
Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans anticipated this year’s deaths related to heroin, fentanyl and other opioids could practically double 2015’s total of 65.
A spokesman for Evans’ office said the final overdose numbers for this year wouldn’t be available until the end of January.
“Ronald Reagan started the War on Drugs in the 1980s,” Evans said at an event in April. “Guess what? We’ve lost that war.”
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