Allegheny County Reports Increase In Opioid Overdose Deaths

564 drug overdose deaths in 2019

Joe DeStio
July 10, 2020 - 4:44 pm

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The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office is reporting 564 drug overdose deaths in 2019.

That is 72 more deaths than in 2018.

“The pattern of drugs seen in the county’s overdose deaths has remained consistent since 2016, when fentanyl surpassed heroin and became the most common agent found in the mixture of drugs causing the overdose,”  Dr. Karl Williams, Chief Medical Examiner. “Most cases have a mixture of drugs. Heroin, fentanyl and cocaine have remained the most common agents over these years with benzodiazepines and acetyl fentanyl remaining at the top of the list.”

Officials says fentanyl is still the most common agent in drug mixtures, usually the heroin or cocaine.

66 percent of victims were male, 81 percent white and 73 percent between the ages of 25 to 54.

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