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Drug Related Deaths Increase in Ingham, Eaton, Three Other Counties

New Sparrow Report Shows Ingham County With 50% Increase in Opioid Deaths Compared to Same Time Last Year

Posted by Lansing881.com at 12:42pm 9/28/19

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Sparrow Forensic Pathology serves as Office of the Medical Examiner for the counties of Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, and Shiawassee.

The Office of the Medical Examiner provides complete death investigation and forensic pathology services, independently investigating to determine cause and manner of death, which may contribute to legal proceedings, influencing public health policy and assisting families with end-of-life tasks.

In its 2018 annual report, across the five counties, while there was a total drug-related deaths increase of 5.9% over the year 2017, there are some bright spots in the data.

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Total heroin-related deaths across the Ingham, Eaton, Ionia, Isabella, Shiawassee region decreased by more than 11%.  Benzodiazepine-related deaths decreased by more than 24%.

The number of opioid-related deaths remained unchanged.

There were a number of significant increases as well; Fentanyl-related by 45%, Fentanyl analogue-related by 100%, Mathadone-related by 27%, Cocaine-related by 31% and Amphetamine o Methamphetamine-related by 53.8%.

The report notes that heroin-related deaths may be under reported as the drug rapidly metabolized to morphine in the body. Consequently, morphine-related deaths may be over reported.

The report also notes that as Methamphetamine is metabolized to amphetamine in the body, whether the death was from illicit use or prescription use.

One other highlight from the report is that a full 81.4% of drug-related deaths were due to two or more substances.

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