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EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon State Medical Examiner says there has been a big increase in methamphetamine deaths over the last year.

Drug-related deaths overall reflected a small drop over last year.

The lone increase, though, was in methamphetamine-related deaths.

Researchers say that’s due to an increase in availability of the drug.

A new report shows meth-related deaths are up 22 percent, claiming 106 lives in 2010.

Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson says meth is incredibly difficult to overdose and die from, and that most of the deaths are from accidents where people have meth in their system.

“It affects their behavior. Then they become involved in a traumatic incident such as a car accident or getting into a fight with somebody,” Dr. Gunson said.

Lane County saw the largest decrease in drug deaths, falling from 33 to 16. Most of those were meth-related, however.

Dr. Gunson says typically when drug-related deaths show an increase in a year’s time, it means there is an increase in availability of the drug.

Mexican drug organizations are apparently making large amounts of meth in California, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Seattle.

Police say drug cartels are paying people to purchase products with pseudo-ephedrine in the U.S. since Mexico banned it four years ago.

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