New dada from the New York City Health Department show that, from 2010 to 2013, drug overdose deaths in the metropolis increased by 41 percent — from 8.2 to 11.6 per 100,000 New Yorkers.
According to the new Epi Data Brief, 77 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2013 involved 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, with related fatalities doubling from 3.1 per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2010 to 6.2 per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2013.
Patterns of opioid overdose deaths differ by borough. In Staten Island, opioid analgesics-involved overdose deaths declined by 32 percent, 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…
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