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Last year, 68 people died of drug overdoses through November, Marsh said. Nine more are likely to be confirmed as overdose deaths, Marsh said.
“Experience suggests that most of the suspected unintentional drug deaths will be confirmed as drug deaths,” he said.
Drug overdose deaths are increasing in Clark County, many from opioids like this heroin seized during one of the largest drug busts of its kind by Springfield Police. Contributed photo
In 2015, 73 people died of drug overdoses — the same number of people who died in 2013 and 2014 combined. The county saw 37 people die of drug overdoses both of those years.
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Coming Sunday: Springfield News-Sun reporter Michael Cooper rode along with the Springfield Fire/Rescue Division as it responded to calls throughout the city to describe the physical and emotional toll the heroin epidemic is having on local first responders.
Clark County drug deaths by year
2016: 77 (68 confirmed, 9 suspected)
2017: 27 (suspected through Feb. 10)