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Heroin-related Deaths,1973-'88

March 16, 1989|Clipboard researched by Dallas Jamison and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

In 1988, 69 deaths in Orange County were attributed to heroin. Ages of the victims ranged from 19 to 63, with 84% being males. Of the total deaths, 51% had been drinking and 53% had used heroin in combination with cocaine, a process known as "speed-balling." Here's the trend in heroin deaths since 1973.

Source: Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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