Meth-related deaths are higher now than they’ve ever been in Oregon, far surpassing the rates seen at the height of the meth crisis in the mid-2000s.

In 2016, methamphetamine contributed to more deaths than heroin and effectively matched the death rate from prescription opioids.

Deputies find needles and drug paraphernalia on an incoming detainee at the Marion County Jail on Friday, June 23, 2017.

Deputies find needles and drug paraphernalia on an incoming detainee at the Marion County Jail on Friday, June 23, 2017.

Molly J. Smith/Statesman Journal

Experts disagree on why deaths are higher: Some say use is up, others point to an increase in the product’s potency and purity. Others posit that those deaths could be a ripple effect from the state’s opioid problem.

And there are some who say deaths actually aren’t rising, there is just more attention being paid to overdoses now.

Read the full article at the Statesman Journal.