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Overdose deaths are increasing at an alarming rate across NYS

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Overdose deaths are on the rise in New York. State leaders and advocates say it’s a problem that needs to be addressed soon.

The state Department of Health said overdose deaths increased 14% in 2021 compared to the previous year. The data is part of a quarterly update from health officials on the opioid epidemic.


Hospitalizations increased by 2% and overdoses not involving heroin also increased by 7%.

Most alarming? The strain it’s all putting on local hospitals. According to the data, emergency room visits increased by 24% during that period in New York.

While state leaders, including the health department, have worked to make Naloxone more readily available – it’s a reactive measure that doesn’t address the root cause of addiction.

Many say it’s time to put more effort into preventing addiction in the first place.