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Accidental drug overdose deaths are not slowing down

Trumbull County peaked at 135 drug deaths in 2017

WARREN — Accidental drug overdose deaths in Trumbull County are showing no signs of decreasing to pre-2015 numbers.

The Trumbull County Coroner’s office is reporting there were 84 confirmed deaths in 2019, though the number may increase to 92 when the office finishes investigating eight open cases.

It’s been a mostly steady climb in recent years.

Trumbull County had just 23 overdose-related deaths in 2003. The number rose to 58 in 2007 before dropping to 41 in 2008 and 43 in both 2009 and 2010.

The numbers then spiked to 59 in 2011. The number tapered off the next two years to 34 in 2012 and 36 in 2013, but then rose to 53 in 2014.

But by 2015, the number jumped to 87; and in 2016 the number, 106, doubled 2014 statistics.

The county peaked at 135 deaths in 2017, and though the deaths showed signs of decreasing in 2018, when there were 76 deaths, the trend didn’t continue.

Last year, the majority of people died in Warren or Niles and were from Niles and Warren.

Forty people died in Warren of accidental overdose deaths in 2019, in cases that have been completed, though only 33 of the people who died were residents of Warren.

Eleven people died in Niles of accidental overdose deaths, though 17 residents of Niles died.

In Girard, Newton Falls and Howland, three people died in each community, though of those who died, four lived in Girard, two lived in Newton Falls and only one listed Howland as an address.

Five people died in Liberty, though only two of the people who died lived in Liberty.

All four of the people who died in Mineral Ridge, where Weathersfield police responded, lived in Mineral Ridge.

Several of the deceased who died in Trumbull County had addresses outside of the jurisdiction.

A 33-year-old man from Pinkerton, a 28-year-old man from Twinsburg, a 44-year-old man from Michigan and a 28-year-old man from Florida died in the county.

There were one or two deaths in Masury, Hubbard Township, Hubbard, Bazetta, Newton Township, Warren Township, Brookfield, West Farmington, Fowler, Lordstown, Mecca and Weathersfield.

The majority of people who died were men in 2019, 22 were women; and the vast majority of the deceased were white, three of the deceased are listed as African American.

Many of the toxicology reports showed multiple drugs were in the person’s system; fentanyl, cocaine, carfentanil, alcohol and methamphetamine were common in the results.

rfox@tribtoday.com