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October 24, 2014, 3:31 pm
970 WMAY News

Drug Overdose Is Leading Non-Natural Cause Of Death In Sangamon County

Listen to Greg Bishop interview Coroner Cinda Edwards with the player above or download the mp3 here.

The Sangamon County coroner is expressing concern over a large number of deaths linked to drug overdoses.


Coroner Cinda Edwards, in a live interview Monday on 970 WMAY, says 38 people in the county have died of drug-related causes in the past year, the single biggest non-natural cause of death in that time.


She says 30 deaths have been directly linked to opiates with only four linked to cocaine, two from overdosing on an anti-depression medication and two from drinking anti-freeze.


Edwards says a changeover to a new computerized record-keeping system has prevented her from making a year-to-year comparison so far, but says the sheer number of such cases is reason to be alarmed and to remind people of the dangers of substance abuse.

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