San Diego health officials highlight increase in fentanyl overdose deaths

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego County health officials revealed a sharp increase in fentanyl overdose deaths Tuesday, Nov. 10, with such fatalities rising by 126% in the first six months of 2020 over a comparable period in 2019. The Medical Examiner's Office released both mid-year statistics comparing the first six months of 2020 to 2019 and its 2019 annual report on Tuesday, showing an increase in the number of unexpected, non-hospital deaths. ``By releasing this level of data, we hope people can study risk factors and identify common issues and trends that could perhaps lead to discoveries and improvements in health that ultimately can save lives,'' said Dr. Steven Campman, the county's interim chief medical examiner. Overall, the department investigated 1,751 deaths through June this ye
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