Medical examiner: 349 overdose deaths so far in 2017; 3 died in 1 day

Opioid epidemic and drug abuse concept with a heroin syringe or other narcotic substances next to a bottle of prescription opioids. Oxycodone is the generic name for a range of opioid painkillers

MILWAUKEE — Three people died of drug overdoses in just a matter of hours in Milwaukee County Wednesday, December 6th.

The Milwaukee County medical examiner said that’s an unusually high number of overdose deaths in such a short amount of time. All three are unrelated. Two people died in separate hotels, and one person was found dead in a gas station bathroom.

According to the medical examiner, 349 people died of drug overdoses so far this year, compared to 343 for all of 2016.