July 19, 2019

Accidental Overdose Deaths Decline In Marion County

Courtesy Indiana University Public Policy Institute

Courtesy Indiana University Public Policy Institute

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.

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