By the numbers:The number of opioid-related deaths in New York state increased dramatically in the first three months of 2018.
In April, there were 1,831 opioid-deaths, up from 1,204 in the same period last year.
That number was up from 827 in the third quarter of 2017.
In September, there was 7,857 opioid-dysentery-related death, up 6 percent from the same time last year and up 6.6 percent from a year earlier.
The number is also up from 665 in the final quarter of last year, when the opioid crisis was raging.
It is up from 539 in the fourth quarter of 2016, which was the peak for deaths related to the drug.
In addition to the opioid epidemic, New York State has been hit with several other health crises related to opioid abuse and addiction.
In the first two months of 2019, there have been more than 1,000 overdose deaths in the state, up about 20 percent from 2,400 in the period the first of 2018 ended.
More than 8,000 New Yorkers were treated for opioid- related illnesses in the year.
The state has recorded more than 4,400 overdose deaths from January 1 to September 30, up nearly 6 percent over the same stretch last year.
“New York State continues to be the epicenter of the opioid abuse crisis in the United States.
It is the No. 1 state for heroin and opioid overdose deaths, and the nation’s number one drug-related poisoning site, with more than 2,000 cases reported each day, according to a September report by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
This year’s overdose death toll also surpassed the peak of 2,890 in January 2017, which has been cited by the governor as the state’s “best year ever” for heroin overdose deaths.
The state has been battling heroin overdoses at the highest rate in more than 30 years, the report says.
The number of people who have overdosed on heroin has doubled since 2010, according the Drug Policy Alliance, a group advocating for the legalization of the drug and reducing the availability of opioids for chronic pain.
In a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the group said the city’s death toll from the opioid addiction crisis in New England and in other states has increased dramatically since 2020.
The letter noted that overdose deaths have increased by over 6,000 from the year before, but that New York has seen more than 60,000 new heroin overdoses and more than 25,000 opioid-induced deaths, or more than 200 a day.
New York City’s overall heroin overdose rate jumped to 14.9 deaths per 100,000 residents in 2018 from 7.5 deaths per100,000 in 2017.
The city reported an additional 9,000 heroin overdose cases in September.
The increase was due in part to the death of a woman who overdosed and died at a Bronx hospital on Aug. 4.