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Startling increase in deaths of Orange County homeless people

More homeless people in Orange County are dying each year, and accidental drug overdoses involving fentanyl are a leading reason why, according to a new county report.

The numbers in L.A. County mirror figures recorded in San Francisco over a similar period.

A study by the L.A. County Department of Public Health last year found deaths of homeless people in that county soared by 56% in the year after the start of the pandemic, driven primarily by an increase in overdoses.

Salvador Hernandez


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