Forensic Pathology Services issues report on drug deaths

Published: March 28, 2023

LANSING, MI – Sparrow Forensic Pathology Services has released its 2022 annual report on drug-related deaths in five counties in which Sparrow serves as Medical Examiner.

Highlights of the report include declines in total drug-related deaths and in opioid- and heroin-related deaths, and increases in cocaine, stimulant-related and amphetamine/methamphetamine-related deaths.

The report provides detail on each drug death and the type of drug involved. It also provides historical data for comparison. The report, and other Forensic Pathology findings, can be found at When you get to the page, click on “2022 Annual Drug Report.”

As the Office of the Medical Examiner for the five counties (Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella and Shiawassee), Sparrow is accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners to perform autopsies, postmortem examinations, and on-scene forensic death investigations as an important part of the investigation process.


Sparrow is Mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization that includes hospitals in Lansing, Charlotte, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group, the Michigan Athletic Club, and AL!VE. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan Medicine through the Sparrow Children’s Center and with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 Caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and Patient experience. For more information, visit