DiNapoli: Opioid-Related Deaths Hit Record High in 2014

DiNapoli: Opioid-Related Deaths Hit Record High in 2014


By Capital Tonight Staff

Deaths related to heroin and prescription opioid overdoses hit a record high in New York in 2014, according to a report released on Thursday by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found.

The report fund overdose deaths in which heroin was considered a factor hit 825 in 2014, the most recent year data was available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The record is an increase from 159 deaths in 2013 and is an increase of 25 times from the number New York recorded in a decade ago.

“Heroin and prescription opioid addiction often come with disastrous consequences, tearing apart families and causing financial ruin,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “While New York state and some local governments have taken important steps to reduce heroin and opioid abuse, the costs associated with this epidemic are growing and the health, safety and prosperity of our communities are at risk.”

The news comes as state lawmakers are weighing action on a variety of bills aimed at stemming the heroin addiction rates in New York, along with plans to provide better access to treatment, prevention programs and strengthening law enforcement for dealers.

The budget approved in April included $25 million in funding for local governments to develop or expand current treatment and prevention programs as well as housing services.

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