Bitter pill: Gaston leads state in overdose deaths | – Gaston Gazette

Here’s a bitter pill to swallow.

Gaston County led the entire state in accidental overdose deaths last year for the first time in a decade or more.

Overdose fatalities are up, say local clinicians, because of increasing abuse of prescription painkillers and sedatives, taken in heavy doses and often mixed in cocktails of alcohol and other drugs.

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