This study sought to investigate fatal overdoses in Orange County, Florida during the years of 2019, 2020, and 2021. Data for this project was provided by the Orange County Medical Examiner's office. Each overdose death was coded for age, sex, race, and cause of death. The purpose of the study is to identify trends to inform policy reform. The results reveal that fentanyl overdose deaths are continuing to rise as heroin overdose deaths decrease. Additionally, there is greater upward trends in polysubstance opioid overdose deaths as compared to non-opioid polysubstance overdose deaths. Ultimately, a specific type of overdose death cannot be predicted by race or sex. The implications of this study are that awareness campaigns and treatment opportunities should highlight that an overdose death can happen to anyone.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
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Hall, Brian, "Evaluating Fatal Overdose Deaths in Orange County Florida from 2019-2021" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1382.