Lansing area drug deaths up 22 percent

It’s been like this for a long time, the fight against addiction and drugs. I think we all know someone who may have had a drug problem. Maybe we have each other. Personally, I have had some family members and friends who have had problems with drugs. It happens. We can only help and support them. These days with the pandemic, more and more seems to be happening. People who want to escape from this crazy world. The good news is that there are many ways to get help.

The bad news is that drug-related deaths in the Lansing area rose 22 percent this year. Many of the deaths were due to fentanyl, Sparrow Hospital says.

Sparrow reported 180 deaths in Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, and Shiawassee counties, according to Some of these deaths were due to opioids. This is an increase of 30 percent compared to the previous year. Fentanyl deaths increased 47%.

We’re adding fentanyl to the drug class even though it’s an opioid. We are doing this to show the huge increase in fentanyl deaths, ”said Michelle Fox, director of forensic pathology at Sparrow HealtIngham County.

They said deaths from cocaine and heroin had decreased year over year. As I said, there is a ton of help out there for those who want it. Many of them offer free treatment and advice. One is from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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