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Report shows increase in local meth-related deaths


Last updated 12/12/2017 at Noon

SAN DIEGO - Methamphetamine abuse contributed to a record number of deaths in the San Diego area last year, according to a government study released Monday, Dec. 11.

A total of 377 fatalities linked to the highly addictive drug occurred locally in 2016, on average one every 23 hours, the report by the San Diego County Methamphetamine Strike Force reveals. The tally was the highest in a single year and 66 more than in 2015.

"The trend line is very alarming and continues to head in the wrong direction," said Dianne Jacob, chairwoman of the county Board of Supervisors. "Meth is taking a terr...

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