Ontario County ranked among highest for opioid abuse in Finger Lakes region

Ontario County ranked among highest for opioid abuse in Finger Lakes region

January 22, 2018 10:39 AM

Opioid abuse and overdoses spiked from 2015 to 2016, according to from the New York State Department of Health. 

Common Ground Health, a Rochester-based health planning organization, studied the nine-county Finger Lakes region and found that overdose deaths involving opioids soared 46 percent from 2015 to 2016. Heroin overdoses more than doubled to 613. 

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Ontario County ranked among the highest for opioid abuse in the Finger Lakes region.

In 2016, hospital admissions and emergency department records show that people ended up in the ER 132 times for opioid abuse or overdoses. Eleven of those cases were fatal.

African Americans had significantly lower rates of opioid-related ER visits than whites or Hispanics, although all demographic groups experienced huge increases since 2010. Read the full report here.

Ontario County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Henderson says that heroin or opioid overdose is now the leading cause of death for people under age 50 and it's rising — killing more Americans last year than guns or car accidents. 

In October, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national health emergency.


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