State Police See Spike In Heroin-Related Overdoses

New York State Police are sounding the alarm on an increase in overdoses involving heroin in Western New York over nearly two weeks.

In 12 days — from Jan. 27 to Tuesday, 94 overdoses have been reported including six deaths. In the Southern Tier, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties have seen 20 overdoses and three deaths in that time frame. Naloxone (Narcan) has been administered 57 times during this time frame.

“The rural areas have a longer medical response than the urban areas, which can contribute to the overdose being fatal,” State Police said. “Be aware that a more lethal strand of heroine is being distributed in Western New York that may cause death.”

For professional help with addictions, some agencies to contact include: Kids Escaping Drugs, 716-827-9462 at www.KED.org; that Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) at www.oasas.ny.gov; HOPEline at 1-877-8-467369 or text 467369


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