Anderson Co. sees increase in drug use, deaths this year


FILE – This photo provided by the U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah and introduced as evidence in a 2019 trial shows fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone pills collected during an investigation. In a resumption of a brutal trend, nearly 71,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2019 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a new record high that predates the COVID-19 crisis. The numbers were driven by fentanyl and similar synthetic opioids, which accounted for 36,500 overdose deaths. (U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah via AP)

ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – Investigators say there’s been a big spike in reported drug use this year and the Anderson County Coroner’s Office has seen an uptick in drug- related deaths.

They’ve seen approximately a 14% increase in drug- related deaths compared to this time last year. Investigators say they’re averaging about three drug- related deaths a week.

Detectives say people have died from illicit drugs like methamphetamine, fentanyl and cocaine. They believe some people being at home with more time on their hands during this pandemic is a factor.

โ€œYou want to really get help. You’ve got to realize when you using some of the stuff that you’re buying off the street and stuff, you have no idea whatโ€™s in that stuff,” Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown said. “And it can be any kind of chemical known to man-kind. That can cause your death.โ€ย 

The Anderson County Coroner’s Office and Police Department investigators say right now is the time for everyone to check on their family members, especially if their loved one has a history of drug related issues.

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