Instances of opioid overdoses and teen pregnancies increased in Lee County, according to a report released this week to county commissioners by the Lee County Health Department.

The report outlines statistics about mortality rates and demographics in Lee County, as well as steps the county is taking in teen pregnancy and opioid use — areas of concern identified in the last Community Health Assessment.

Ashley Graham, the county health department’s health education supervisor, said the report is a way for the department to keep the community up to date on the department’s objectives.

“I think we’ve made some good progress with the resources that we have in the county,” she said. “But obviously there’s more work to be done.”

According to the report, the county saw increases in total opioid-related overdoses (37 in 2016 to 59 in 2017) heroin overdoses (12 in 2016 to 48 in 2017), heroin-related emergency room visits (32 in 2016 to 71 in 2017) and naloxone uses by county emergency management services (54 in 2016 to 96 in 2017).

As for teen pregnancy, the report indicates there were 84 teen pregnancies in 2016 — 19 of which were repeat pregnancies — which was an increase of eight over the previous year. 2016 is the most recent year for which teen pregnancy data was available, the report states. Lee County ranked 11th in the state for teen pregnancies at 43.1 pregnancies per 1,000 girls ages 15-19.

The report indicates the Coalition for Families in Lee County’s programs Smart…

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