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Accidental drug overdose deaths rising in Spokane County

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A report from the Spokane County Medical Examiner shows that drug overdose deaths are on the rise. A report from the Spokane County Medical Examiner shows that drug overdose deaths are on the rise.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A newly-released annual report by the Spokane County Medical Examiner shows that accidental drug overdose deaths have increased by more than 28 percent in 2015.

According to the report, 82 people died of accidental overdoses in 2015. That's an increase of 18 accidental deaths this year - the 2014 report lists 64 accidental overdoses.

When intentional overdoses are included, the total number of overdose deaths in 2015 is listed at 104. 

Here's a quick breakdown of these numbers:

  • Total 2015 drug overdose deaths: 104

Of those overdose deaths:

  • Accidents: 82
  • Suicides: 19
  • Undetermined: 3

There are several different drugs responsible for the accidental overdoses. Here are some of the most common:

  • Benzodiazapines or "Benzos" - 16 deaths
  • Morphine - 14 deaths
  • Hydrocodone - 11 deaths
  • Oxycodone - 10 deaths
  • Methadone - 8 deaths
  • Codeine - 8 deaths

For all overdoses, the most common drugs listed as the cause of death are meth and heroin, with 29 and 22 deaths respectively.

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