ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – The New York State Department of Health today released its County Opioid Quarterly Report for October 2022.
The report shows a 14 percent increase in 20-21 overdose deaths involving opioids over the prior year. As a result of the findings, the Department issued a statewide pharmacy standing order for naloxone that took effect on August 15th.
“Cases of overdose are on the rise both nationally and statewide, and about three-quarters of all overdose deaths in New York State now involve fentanyl,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said. “I’d like to remind the public our standing order for naloxone should put this lifesaving medication in the hands of more people to help reduce the number of fatal overdoses. I appreciate the hard work of the Department’s team at the Office of Public Health and our partners at the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports for continuing to find new ways to help those dependent on opioids and those who treat them.”
Naloxone is a lifesaving medication that can be used to block the effects of opioids allowing a person to regain consciousness and resume normal breathing.
The full report can be read here.
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