A new Voice of OC report shows an increase in homeless deaths throughout the SoCal region, with the largest jump in Orange County. 

2015 was particularly deadly for Orange County’s homeless population.

A Voice of OC report finds that Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties saw big jumps in homeless deaths in 2015, with deaths in OC going up a staggering 75 percent that year compared to 2014.

This is the biggest single-year jump in each of the counties in at least a decade, as the death counts have increased although the overall homeless populations has remained relatively stable. The increases in San Diego and Los Angeles counties were 42 percent and 17 percent, respectively.

What is causing this increase in death?

A review of coroner data points to drug overdoses as a driving factor, with it being the largest cause among the extra deaths in San Diego. However, this conclusion can’t be reached in Orange or Los Angeles counties because many final death determinations from 2015 are still pending.

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Originally posted 2016-04-04 12:42:56.

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