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Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic (left) administers the Oath of Office for seven police candidates Kevin Rybka (left), Brett Talcott, Matthew Pfouts, Treva Mathews, Kalei Sanders, Ryan McDowell and Trumaine Riley in City Council Chambers Wednesday in Akron. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
Seven newly sworn Akron Police officers sign their Oath of Office as family and friends watch in City Council Chambers Wednesday in Akron. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
Newly sworn Akron police officer Trumaine Riley (right) of Akron hugs friend Larry Barker of Tallmadge after the ceremony in City Council Chambers Wednesday in Akron. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
COLUMBUS: Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday.