Washoe County has a high rate of heroin and oxycodone deaths, CDC data suggests

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- Washoe County ranks near the top nationally in deaths from heroin, oxycodone and other opioids, Centers for Disease Control data suggests.

The CDC tracks deaths in many categories and among drug overdoses one category includes both narcotics and hallucinogens.

Between 1999 and 2014, Washoe County had 404 deaths in that category, the CDC data shows.

Out of the 1,566 counties for which overdose data was available, Washoe County's per capita death rate was 6.2 per 100,000 people. That ranked 158th, or near the top 10 percent.

Clark County had 7.5 deaths per capita, which ranks 96th. Carson City has 4.8 deaths per capita, which ranked 296th. Elko County had 1.5 deaths per capita, the lowest rate in the state.

There's more than 2,100 counties in the United States but if there are less than 10 cases in the results the CDC suppresses the information for privacy.

These figures are for accidental deaths and do not include suicides.