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Prescription Drug Deaths And Suicides Set Records In San Diego

Aired 7/24/13 on KPBS News.

San Diego set some dubious records last year: the highest number of suicides and prescription drug overdose deaths ever recorded in the county.

— Deaths from prescription drug overdoses set a record in San Diego County last year. The latest annual report from the County Medical Examiner offers some troubling details.

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Last year, 269 San Diegans died from prescription drug overdoses. The top three medications were Oxycodone, Valium, and Xanax.

In 2012, 142 San Diegans died from an overdose of methamphetamine. Chief Deputy County Medical Examiner Jonathan Lucas says meth is still a major problem.

"Methamphetamine really has never gone away," he said. "I think it's easy for people to think it's a problem somewhere else. But it is everywhere, it's all throughout the community."

In another disturbing development, a record 413 San Diegans committed suicide last year. White men ages 45 to 54 had the highest number of suicides.

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Anon11 | July 25, 2013 at 8:42 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

And how many deaths from marijuana again?

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Missionaccomplished | July 25, 2013 at 11:43 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

It is interesting that the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, June 26th, was all but ignored by the U.S. media. Yet name the country that has the greatest drug abuse problem (both legal and illegal) in the world??? AND who also is the world's biggest anti-drug enforcer??? Ah, but we were too busy that day, appeasing the GBLT hardliners and their sympathizers in government. Well, at least we know where our priorities are. It's kind of like Romney and O'bama during the campaigns when they concentrated on the 1% and the Middle Class while virtually ignoring poverty.

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