The Bad News: Coroner said drugs and alcohol-related deaths down, but still a major factor

(Lander, Wyo.) – In his third quarter report to the Fremont County Commissioners, Coroner Mark Stratmoen noted that drug and alcohol-related deaths in the first three quarters of this year are lower than last year, but that they still make up 29 percent of all coroner cases.

He spelled out the numbers to the commisssion:

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• Drugs and Alcohol-related deaths accounted for 60 percent of the non-natural deaths, a decrease from the third quarter of 2017 when such deaths accounted for 79 percent of all coroner cases.

• Drugs and/or alcohol were involved in two fof the two homicides and four of the four suicides.

• Eleven of the 21 accident deaths so far this year were drug or alcohol-related

• Nineteen percent of the natural deaths were exacerbated by drugs and/or alcohol

• Of the total cases, natural and non natural, the most common drug was alcohol at 20 deaths, opiates at six deaths, cannabis at five deaths and methamphetamine at three deaths.

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