Tue. 12:24pm: Columbiana drug deaths rise

LISBON – The number of drug-related deaths so far this year in Columbiana County exceeds those for all of 2012.

County Coroner Dr. William Graham Jr. recently issued his office’s report for 2012 that noted there were 16 accidental drug overdose deaths for all of last year. There have been 18 confirmed overdose deaths in 2013 as of Aug. 13, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Brandi Phillips.

This is far from the record of 69 overdose deaths reached in 2007, which was followed by 67 such deaths the following year, after which the number returned to normal levels over the next four years. The coroner’s office has been compiling overdose records since 1989.

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