Orange County homeless deaths hit all-time high

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The deaths are so common they’re routine. Sean, 47, drank himself to death on a bus stop bench in Anaheim. Bruce, 63, collapsed and died on a freeway off ramp from heart disease and an untreated seizure disorder. Zachary, 28, overdosed on heroin in a Santa Ana alley. And Nicholas, 29, hanged himself with a shoe string on a dirt embankment in Fullerton. Last year, more than 200 homeless men, women and children lost their lives to drugs, alcohol, mental illness, violence and, in many cases, years of neglect and…

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Fatal drug overdoses reach 10-year high in Orange County

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The number of people dying of drug overdoses in Orange County has soared to the highest levels in at least a decade. According to preliminary coroner data, fatal drug overdoses climbed to at least 400 last year, a 6 percent increase from 2014 – and a nearly 63 percent jump compared with 2005, when the number stood at 246. The latest figures punctuate a problem that has rapidly multiplied inOrange County and the U.S. In the past five years, drug overdoses have killed 1,769 people in the county. The coroner’s…

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