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Molly J. Smith/Statesman Journal

People are dying in Northern California at alarming rates. 

Drug and alcohol abuse are among the causes of death that are killing white people at rates above the national average. 

The Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh assembled a report that shows high rates of increased mortality across most of the counties of the Northstate. 

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.