Sparrow Forensic Pathology issues 2020 report on drug deaths

Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

LANSING, MI – Sparrow Forensic Pathology Services has released its 2020 annual report on drug-related deaths in the five counties in which Sparrow serves as Medical Examiner.

The report provides detail on each drug death, whether they were opioid-related, 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 “2020 Annual Drug Report.”

As the Office of the Medical Examiner for the five counties (Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella and Shiawassee), Sparrow is nationally 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 healthcare organization and includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia and St. Johns, 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