Accidental overdose deaths have declined in Marion County, according to new data from the IU-based Center for Health and Justice Research.
In 2018, opioid overdose deaths fell 13% in the county, and prescription opioid overdose deaths fell even more. Cocaine and alcohol-related overdoses also decreased.
However, the death toll from overdoses remains high 361 last year. Opioids were detected in a majority of those deaths.
The report says overdose deaths attributed to fentanyl a synthetic opioid and methamphetamine slightly increased.
Overdose deaths also declined nationally in 2018.