8/28/2014, New Data Show Drop In Opioid Analgesic Overdose Deaths in Staten Island

But Overall Drug Overdoses Increased In NYC

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pr2014/pr029-14.shtml

According to the new Epi Data Brief, 77 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2013 involved an opioid, including opioid analgesics (prescription painkillers), methadone, or heroin. On average, there is more than one fatal opioid overdose a day. Heroin plays an increasing role in overdose deaths in New York City, doubling from 3.1 per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2010 to 6.2 per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2013…

In Staten Island, opioid analgesic-involved overdose deaths declined, decreasing 32 percent among Staten Island residents between 2011 and 2013, reversing a more than 4-fold upward trend between 2005 and 2011. The Health Department responded in 2012 to this sharp increase in fatal opioid overdoses by implementing a multi-pronged approach to decrease the number of fatal opioid overdoses in the borough…

It appears that New Mexico is doing everything that Staten Island is doing, but Staten Island’s decrease in drug poisonings is a lot higher, at 32%.  Still, this multi-pronged approach is only having a partial effect.

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