Opiates and meth, indiscriminate killers



Drugs and alcohol were responsible for 170 deaths in Ventura County last year—just over three per week—according to the county medical examiner’s 2018 overdose report.
Released in March, the report breaks down overdose deaths by substance, age and city. Total overdose deaths increased by five in 2018, with opioids and methamphetamines ranking as the deadliest drugs in the county.
Opioids continue to be the No. 1 killer in Ventura County, as they are across the nation, and played a role in 96 ove...

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