Oregon meth deaths at highest point since 2000

Oregon meth deaths at highest point since 2000

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A state report shows methamphetamine-related deaths in Oregon up by almost a third.

The 2013 statistics released Thursday show 222 drug-related deaths overall — one fewer than the year before. It said 123 of the deaths were meth-related, the highest number since 2000.

State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson says the majority of meth-related deaths were not from overdoses, but from other events such as traffic accidents and drowning.

The state saw significant decreases in deaths related to heroin, down 25 percent, and cocaine, down 35 percent to its lowest number since 2000.

Overall, drug-related deaths were down 7 percent from a recent high of 240 in 2011. Deaths from prescription drug overdoses were also down from previous years.