According to Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson, the number of heroin-related deaths in the state fell last year by 25% compared with 2012. Heroin claimed 111 lives in 2013.
Gunson says deaths related to methamphetamine jumped by 32% last year compared with 2012.
While not exactly sure why deaths related to heroin fell, Gunson tells FM News 101 the drop could be partly because of more police pressure on heroin dealers, and a drug, nalaxone, used by paramedics to prevent overdoses from being fatal.
Gunson says heroin users tend to be men in their twenties and thirties. With meth, she says, the demographic is more toward the middle aged. Deaths related to use of methamphetamine in Oregon in 2013 numbered 123.
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