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Half of local opioid overdoses associated with pain prescriptions

January 17, 2018 07:38 PM

Half of opioid overdoses in the region were associated with a prior pain prescription, according to a new report.

The data analysis, by Common Ground Health, found that from 2014 to 2016, 54-percent of people who overdosed on opioids in the Finger Lakes region had a prescription for opioids within the prior two years. For non-heroin opioid overdoses, 68% of people who overdosed had prior prescriptions for painkillers.

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From 2005 to 2016, hospital visits related to opioid dependency or abuse increased 432% in the nine-county region.

 

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