Latest numbers from Heroin Task Force paint grim picture

April 10, 2018 07:26 PM

ROCHESTER, NY (WHEC) – The latest numbers show a deadly trend in Monroe County, with overdoses on track to hit more than one thousand this year.

The Monroe County Heroin Task Force Opioid Command Post was put into operation on February 1, 2018. On Tuesday, it released its first 60 day progress report, which included a look at overdose numbers for the first quarter of 2018. 

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It shows in March 2018, there were 85 reported overdoses with 12 being fatal. During the first quarter of 2018, there were 262 reported overdoses, with 42 being deadly.

The average age of the person passing away is 36 years old.

“Each dot represents a human body, a human soul. A wife,  a husband, a daughter, a brother of someone. We have to treat this truly like its human souls being lost,” expressed Sheriff Todd Baxter, as he released a map showing where each overdose occurred. 

Sheriff Baxter said, “if you take these numbers and project them over one year, we’re predicting over 1,000 overdoses in Monroe County this year alone. It’s a significant increase and should scare us all.”

The task force “analyzing the people involved. The suspects, the victims and their families. They’re coming up with daily operational briefs for us to go out and conduct investigations.”

It uses a three-prong approach:  educate people to prevent opioid abuse and addiction, provide outreach to those who are struggling with addiction, and conduct investigations targeting dealers.

The District Attorney said she has multiple cases that will be held in the near future where she is using information gathered by the task force in order to charge the suspected dealers with homicide. 

“That’s giving us the intel, the focus on who to target, the connections between those overdoses,” explained D.A. Sandra Doorley. 

Since February 1, 2018, the task force has executed 13 search warrants yielding 120.57 grams of heroin, 56.06 grams of cocaine, 3.23 grams of crack cocaine, 99 LSD/Designer pills, two rifles, two handguns, and more than $17,000 in cash.
The collaborative effort has resulted in 20 arrests with a total of 68 charges filed, including felonies.


Stephanie Robusto

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