Jefferson County records 267 drug overdose deaths in 2017

The number of drug overdose deaths rose slightly in Jefferson County in 2017, but the increase was not as dramatic as it was in previous years.

Heroin and fentanyl deaths saw a small decline, while methamphetamine and cocaine deaths climbed. There was a significant decrease in prescription opioid deaths.

Preliminary numbers released by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office indicate there were 267 total overdose deaths, up from 248 in 2016.