Drug Abuse Deaths Stable In Oregon

May 12, 2014

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If deaths caused by drug abuse are dropping in Oregon, it's a very slow drop. 

The State Medical Examiner's office recently released its annual report on drug-related deaths, covering the year 2013. 

There was exactly one fewer death caused by drugs than the year before, but there are some bright spots within the numbers. 

Heroin-related deaths dropped sharply, as did deaths caused by cocaine abuse. 

Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson joins us to help interpret the cold, hard facts.