Clay Co. Seeing Decrease In Drug Overdoses
One eastern Kentucky county saw dramatic changes in the number of drug related deaths in just a one year period.
The Clay County coroner released a report that says drug overdoses were cut by more than half in the past year.
In 2011 Clay County Coroner Danny Finley says one person out of every thousand died of a drug overdose. He says that's about six times more than the national average.
Of the 103 cases he worked that year, he says half tested positive for narcotics.
But in one year, the numbers went way down. In 2011 there were 43 drug related deaths in Clay County, and in 2012 there were only 27.
The coroner also says the drug overdoses dropped from 22 to eight.
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