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Ohio State identifies students who died in apparent overdoses

The Ohio State University
Ohio State University

Ohio State University has identified two students that died last week after reportedly overdosing.

Jessica Lopez, 22, was a Computer & Information Science major from Greendale, Indiana.

Tiffany Iler, 21, was a Neuroscience major from Broadview Heights, Ohio, near Cleveland.

"We are heartbroken and extend our deepest sympathies to their families and friends during this extremely difficult time," a university spokesman said in a statement Monday.

The women were taken to hospitals after a roommate reported the overdoses Wednesday at an off-campus residence on East Lane Avenue.

A third student was also briefly hospitalized and released. Columbus Police have not confirmed what substance was involved in the overdoses.

Columbus Public Health and the university issued a warning last week about fake Adderall pills that contain fentanyl.

Matthew Rand is the Morning Edition host for 89.7 NPR News. Rand served as an interim producer during the pandemic for WOSU’s All Sides daily talk show.