Unnatural deaths

Since 2012, there have been 104 suicides in Lycoming County. Of those, five were teenagers, according to Charles E. Kiessling Jr., county coroner.

That averages out to one teen suicide a year. It could happen to a student in any school district.

According to Kiessling, suicides are the second highest cause of unnatural death among all people in Lycoming County, and motor-vehicle crashes are third.

“They run neck and neck with motor-vehicle crashes … Some of it is related to the drug issue,” he said. “Drug (problems) and mental health seem to go hand in hand.”

The motor-vehicle crashes includes pedestrians hit and anything involving motor-vehicle accident deaths.

The leading cause of unnatural death in the county involves drug-related deaths.

So far in 2017, there have been 36 drug-related deaths, 18 suicides and six motor-vehicle accident related deaths.

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