New York State Police are warning the public of a recent increase in heroin overdoses in Western New York.
In the last two weeks a total of 94 overdoses were reported, including six deaths. This surge in overdoses has been seen primarily in the Southern Tier, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties, with 20 overdoses and 3 deaths reported in these areas.
According to the State Police, Naloxone (Narcan) was administered 57 times during this period. The rural areas in Western New York are particularly vulnerable due to their longer medical response times, which can contribute to the fatal outcome of an overdose. The police also report that a more lethal strand of heroin is being distributed in the region, further increasing the risk of death.
In light of this situation, the New York State Police urge anyone who knows someone struggling with opiate use to seek help from the following organizations: Kids Escaping Drugs, the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports, or HOPEline. These organizations offer support, resources, and access to treatment to help those who are struggling with addiction.
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