Drug & Alcohol Overdose Hospitalization & Death in Orange County
The study, done in collaboration with the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Division, found that the overall rate of drug/alcohol overdose deaths in the County increased by 51% between 2000 and 2012. Some other key findings of the report include:
Drug/alcohol overdoses, or poisonings, resulted in over 5,000 hospitalizations and nearly 600 deaths among Orange County residents each year.
More than half (54%) of all such hospitalizations involved drugs, most of which were poisonings due to benzodiazepine tranquilizers (e.g., Xanax, Valium) or opioid substances (e.g., OxyContin, Heroin).
Over one-third (35%) of all overdose deaths in the Orange County were due to using multiple drugs and/or alcohol at the same time.
Coroner investigations found that prescription medications were the most frequently used substances, the majority of which involved opioid pain medications (e.g., OxyContin, Hydrocodone).
Nearly 8 in 10 overdose deaths were accidental, and nearly half of those unintentional deaths were due to prescription medications.
Geographically, cities along the coastal regions of Orange County tended to have higher rates of drug/alcohol-related hospitalizations and death than other cities.
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