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State Police Warn of “More Lethal” Strand of Heroin, Overdoses in WNY

February 8, 2023

BATAVIA, NY – New York State Police are alerting the public on the increase in overdoses involving heroin in Western New York from Jan. 27 to Feb. 7, 2023.

In 12 days, 94 overdoses have been reported including six deaths. Of the 94 overdoses and six deaths, the southern tier, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties make up 20 overdoses and 3 deaths. Naloxone (Narcan) has been administered 57 times during this time frame.

The rural areas have a longer medical response than the urban areas, which can contribute to the overdose being fatal. Be aware that a more lethal strand of heroin is being distributed in WNY that may cause death.

If you or a family member, friend, or acquaintance struggle with opiate use, seek help from one of the below services.

For professional help with addictions:

Kids Escaping Drugs – 716-827-9462 or online at www.KED.org

NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) – www.oasas.ny.gov

Call HOPEline at 1-877-8-467369 or text 467369

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