Fatal Overdoses In Orange County Reach 10-Year High
In 2005 there were 246 deaths. Preliminary reports show 400 in 2015, with more toxicology reports pending.
Orange County Fatal Drug Overdoses Hit 10-Year High
Orange County is seeing high numbers when it comes to their annual fatal drug overdoses. It just hit its highest point in the last 10 years. According to preliminary coroner data, there were 400 deaths from drug overdoses last year. This number could still climb because there are pending toxicology reports from 2015, Bruce Lyle from the Orange County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office told KPCC. This number started to gradually rise beginning in 2005, when there were 246 deaths. Although it's steadily been on the rise, Lyle said it isn't that shocking. “It hasn’t really come as a surprise — it’s increased gradually, but still fairly sharply,” Lyle said. (5/16)