The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office released a detailed press release for the cause of deaths in 2018.
22,000 deaths were reported in San Diego County in 2018. The Medical Examiner's office investigated about 3,232 cases; confirmed that drugs and alcohol (577 illegal and legal combined, 92 of which were fentanyl), accidental falls (488 inside homes, bridges, cliffs, etc.), and car accidents (316 including pedestrians) were the leading cause of deaths.
Most of the deaths in San Diego last year were men (2,196 men compared to 1,034 women). Over 5000 of those deaths were natural.
There was an increase in suicides as well across the county, with 114 just in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 98 in the first quarter of 2018.
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