Coroner: Kratom cited in two recent overdose cases

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Coroner’s Office is reporting two deaths attributed to mitragynine toxicity. Ryan Jones of Caln Township died 4/30/2018 with the cause of death determined to be mitragynine toxicity with hypertensive cardiovascular disease as a contributing condition. Caleb Jonathan Sturgis of West Bradford Township died 6/27/2018 of acute mitragynine intoxication. The manner of...

Chesco Coroner: 59 deaths due to opioids so far in 2018

WEST CHESTER — The opioid crisis continues to take lives in Chester County, local officials said Monday. The Chester County Coroner’s Office released data Monday on deaths due to drug overdose in Chester County for the year as of June 30, 2018. A total of 59 people died of a drug overdose during this period, with 57 deaths determined to be accidental and two due to suicide.