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Opioid Use, Deaths In New York Top National Averages, State Official Says

In New York, heroin use, and deaths from opioid abuse, have surpassed national averages, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says.
In New York, heroin use, and deaths from opioid abuse, have surpassed national averages, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says. Photo Credit: File

New York’s comptroller had some scary things to say about trends in the state’s opioid abuse epidemic, according to a report by The Poughkeepsie Journal.

Thomas DiNapoli’s just-released report said heroin use and overdose deaths associated with the drug have both surpassed national averages, The Poughkeepsie Journal reported.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers are poised to approve tougher drug laws and to expand treatment options, The Poughkeepsie Journal story said.

The Poughkeepsie Journal, quoting state health officials, said Dutchess County had the highest rate of opioid-related overdoses from 2009-13 at 5.5 per 100,000 people.

To read the full The Poughkeepsie Journal report, click here.

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