Opioid deaths involving cocaine increasing in Washtenaw County

Posted at 9:51 AM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 11:17:03-04

Nearly half of deaths related to opioids in Washtenaw County between January and August this year have involved cocaine, according to the Washtenaw County Health Department.

The health department says this is an increase compared to previous years.

“We are monitoring the local opioid crisis very closely,” says Jimena Loveluck, deputy health officer at the Washtenaw County Health Department. “We’re notifying the public about this spike so residents and professionals will be better able to understand risks and respond to this new information.”

The health department says nearly all of the deaths involving both opioids and cocaine this year in Washtenaw County have involved fentanyl.

Fentanyl can cause immediate respiratory depression and death. It takes as little as 3mg, or the size of a grain of sand, to kill an average adult male.

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