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Drug-Related Deaths Drop 7 Percent in Oregon, Heroin Fatalities on Rise

Oregon drug deaths drop, meth included, but rise for heroin
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Despite an overall drop in drug-related deaths in 2012, heroin use has spiked in some counties.

Today the Oregon State Department of Health released statistics for 2012. It said 223 people died in 2012, the third highest ever, but down from 2011 which saw 240 people die, and 229 in 2008.

Of those deaths, 147 were from heroin, an increase of 2.5 percent over 2011. Cocaine deaths dropped by 43 percent — the lowest since 2000.

Fatality statistics from the report:

* Jackson County increased from 9 to 19
* Marion County increased from 10 to 19
* Washington County increased from 14 to 17
* Lane County decreased from 23 to 15
* Multnomah County deceased from 119 to 103

Umatilla County did not record a death last year from meth, cocaine, or heroin.

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