Suffolk Tops New York State in Heroin-Related Deaths

New report shows Suffolk at the center of crisis

New report shows Suffolk at the center of crisis.

A nationwide epidemic, heroin addiction has hit Suffolk County tragically hard in recent years. At least 337 people died from heroin-related overdose deaths from 2009-2013 in Suffolk, more than any of New York’s 62 counties according to data released by the New York State Department of Health in the Opioid Poisoning, Overdose and Prevention 2015 Report to the Governor and State Legislature.

The Bronx was second with 216 deaths and Queens (174), Manhattan (156), Brooklyn (151) and Nassau (128) followed. In 2015, Suffolk also led the state in reported administrations of naloxone, a drug carried by county police and paramedics that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose with 234.

“If that doesn’t spell epidemic, I don’t know what does,” assemblyman Andrew Raia (R-East Northport) said Sunday at a press conference outside the state office building in Hauppauge.

Preliminary county data shows that 103 people died from a fatal heroin overdose in Suffolk County last year, though that number is expected to rise when causes of deaths are determined for another 126 potential fatal drug overdoses. A record 109 people died from heroin overdose in 2014.

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beth ann clyde

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Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.