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Medical examiner releases overdose stats


Last year was the worst yet for opioid overdose deaths in Monroe County, according to data released today by the Monroe County Medical Examiner's office.

The office says that 287 people died from opioid overdoses in Monroe, Allegany, Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. That's a substantial jump from the 206 deaths in 2016 and a staggering increase from the 11 overdose deaths in 2011.

Of the 2017 deaths, 220 occurred in Monroe County. Again, those numbers are higher than the 169 overdose deaths in 2016 and the 78 deaths that happened between 2011 and 2013.

The ME's office found fentanyl in 261 of the region's overdose victims from last year, an increase over 2016. Heroin was present in 96 of them, a decrease from 2016.

The medical examiner's office also says that about 89 percent of the people who died from an overdose in 2017 were white, 9 percent were black, and 8 percent were Hispanic. That breakdown has been generally similar over the past few years.