Prescription Drug Deaths And Suicides Set Records In San Diego
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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.
SAN DIEGO 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.
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.