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26.01.2017 | Ausgabe 2/2017

Journal of Urban Health 2/2017

Examining Fatal Opioid Overdoses in Marion County, Indiana

Journal of Urban Health > Ausgabe 2/2017
Bradley Ray, Kenna Quinet, Timothy Dickinson, Dennis P. Watson, Alfarena Ballew
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An erratum to this article is available at http://​dx.​doi.​org/​10.​1007/​s11524-017-0144-3.


Drug-related overdoses are now the leading injury-related death in the USA, and many of these deaths are associated with illicit opioids and prescription opiate pain medication. This study uses multiple sources of data to examine accidental opioid overdoses across 6 years, 2010 through 2015, in Marion County, IN, an urban jurisdiction in the USA. The primary sources of data are toxicology reports from the county coroner, which reveal that during this period, the most commonly detected opioid substance was heroin. During the study period, 918 deaths involved heroin, and there were significant increases in accidental overdose deaths involving both heroin and fentanyl. In order to disentangle the nature and source of opioid overdose deaths, we also examine data from Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program and the law enforcement forensic services agency. Results suggest that there have been decreases in the number of opiate prescriptions dispensed and increases in law enforcement detection of both heroin and fentanyl. Consistent with recent literature, we suggest that increased regulation of prescription opiates reduced the likelihood of overdoses from these substances, but might have also had an iatrogenic effect of increasing deaths from heroin and fentanyl. We discuss several policy implications and recommendations for Indiana.

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