Sparrow Forensic Pathology Services issues Q3 report showing sharp rise in drug deaths in local counties

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Posted at 8:21 AM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 08:21:20-05

LANSING, Mich. — Sparrow Forensic Pathology Services has released its Q3 report on drug-related deaths in the five counties in which Sparrow serves as Medical Examiner.

The report shows a 70 percent rise in drug-related deaths from July 1 to Sept. 30 of this year, with large jumps in mortality due to opioid and fentanyl use.

The report provides detail on each drug death and the type of drug involved. The report, and other Forensic Pathology findings, can be found at When you get to the page, click on “2020 Q3 Drug Report.”

As the Office of the Medical Examiner for the five counties, Sparrow is nationally accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners to perform autopsies, postmortem examinations, and on-scene forensic death investigations as an important part of the investigation process.

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