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County opioid deaths spike again

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Topping record pace of 2017, alarming local and state officials

By Kayla Vaughn

After dropping significantly in 2018, opioid-related deaths in Lancaster County shot back up in the first half of this year, exceeding the record pace of 2017.
As of June 1, 12 people have died in the county, compared with 15 for all of last year and 25 in 2017, according to Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.
“Opioid abuse knows absolutely no age range or socio-economic background,” Deese said. “Our oldest death is 63 and our youngest is 16, not including a baby who died in utero last year.”


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