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Report: Overdoses deadlier than car wrecks in Pima County

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(Source: Pima County Medical Examiner) (Source: Pima County Medical Examiner)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pima County Medical Examiner reports accidental overdose of methamphetamine and heroin is now deadlier than car crashes in Pima County.         

The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner investigated 843 accidental deaths last year, and about 34 percent of which were due to drug or medication overdose; motor vehicle accidents accounted for 23 percent of the total, according to office personnel.            

The new report shows prescription drugs were the top killer in 2013, followed by methamphetamine. Overdose deaths rose from 314 in 2012 to 327 last year.                    

The medical examiner's office investigates any death in Pima County, in addition to many in eight other Arizona counties that are considered sudden, violent, unexpected or an unknown cause. The office conducted nearly 1,500 autopsies last year.

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