New data show drug overdose deaths up in NYC


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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Author: Jake Mitchell

Writing nonfictional & brutally honest experiences, stories, & events, from my life; both before, during, and following my intense destruction of myself and the people who were around me. All because I lived a life of lies, manipulation, and self-imprisonment, just a few of the many truths when you're an Active Addict. Although I'm very blunt, I tend to (or at least try to) write as humble, selfless, & full of gratitude, while sharing some of the tragedies and situations which most likely occured due to my addiction and the way I exsisted during that time of my life, as I only cared about and fiened for my next high or score. Please comment on any material I post. Although I'm quite ashamed and embarrassed for most of the actions, decisions, and outcomes, that happened during my torturous years of Active Addiction, I don't regret any of it. Now, by writing about these true stories and events, I'm hopeful another addict can relate to my pain, distress, and the Hell of using drugs. This HELL, becomes therapeutic and important for my recovery, reminding me that I am not the o my person who has ever done or thought these things. And through relating, I may be able to help another addict.

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