BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - For the second consecutive year, drug overdoses were the leading cause of death among cases accepted by the Butler County Coroner's Office in 2015, according to statistics released Thursday.
Butler County Coroner Lisa Mannix released the data showing that out of the 420 cases investigated by the coroner's office in 2015, 189 deaths were due to drug overdoses. That's a 38 percent increase in overdose deaths above 2014's record breaking number of 137.
In 2015, 149 (79 percent) of the drug overdoses were heroin and/or fentanyl related. That number is a 45 percent increase over 2014's total of 103.
According to the coroner's office, since 2012, there has been a steady increase in drug overdose deaths with an increasing percentage of heroin related cases.
The coroner's office also investigated eight homicides, 122 natural deaths, 41 suicides, 24 caused by other accidents, 21 motor vehicle traffic crashes and 15 deaths with undetermined causes in 2015.