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Drug overdose death continues to increase in Upper Michigan

Drug overdose death continues to increase in Upper Michigan

MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) – Deaths from drug overdoses are continuing to increase in Michigan and according to the Centers for Disease Control, these deaths now exceed traffic and gun deaths combined.

“We’ve seen a lot of issues with overdoses related to crystal meth and heroin and if you add prescription drugs on top of that it’s a deadly mix,” said Michigan State Police Detective Lieutenant Tim Sholander.

The CDC estimates that 2,662 Michigan residents died from drug overdoses in 2017, an 82 percent increase over five years.

“We’ve seen a lot more crystal meth and more quantities,” said Sholander. “We are seeing crystal meth purchases by the ounce which are extremely high by some users, and with those high numbers, people are getting addicted and they are going to overdose sooner or later.”