Galveston County had the second highest death rate by drug overdoses in the state of Texas in 2020 and fentanyl probably was a leading cause, officials say.

The rising death toll and increasing presence of extremely lethal fentanyl in most other street drugs has experts and people who’ve lost loved ones worried and issuing warnings and calls to action.

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Craig Mason

Unless I missed it, it does not say in the article what Galveston County’s death rate per 100,000 is? That would be a helpful fact for the reader to use for comparison.

Bailey Jones

Craig, one of the problems is the lack of detailed data about overdoses - what exactly constitutes an overdose, how many people survive, and how many die. But these resources show the death rates per capita:

Texas, at about 14 deaths per 100K actually has the 3rd lowest rate of drug OD among US states, in 2020 at least.

Galveston county comes in at 19 per 100K, compared to Harris at 15 per. But Jefferson County has no data here, so take these numbers with a large but nonfatal dose of salt.

Emman Sull

If people stop voting for Democrats something will get done. Republicans, especially Trump, will close the border in a heartbeat and DEAL with China and Mexico.

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