Drug-Related Deaths Stable In Oregon

By Jim McCoy Thu 24th April News
According to report just issued by the Oregon Medical Examiner's Office, there were 222 drug-related deaths in Oregon in 2013, compared to 223 the year before. Most of those deaths are not overdoses, but generally traffic deaths, drownings and other trauma while under the influence. Heroin-related deaths were down 25 percent to 111, cocaine related deaths were down to 12, the fewest recorded since 2000. Deaths related to meth jumped by 32 percent to 123. In Josephine County, drug related deaths increased from one to four. In Coos County, it increased from four to eight. Jackson County saw drug related deaths dropped from 19 to 11. Of those, seven were related to heroin. Statewide, deaths due to opioid-related drugs such as methadone and oxycodone decreased, while deaths due to hydrocodone rose.

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