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What Counties and Parts of New York State Were Hardest Hit by Drug and Alcohol Abuse?

Created On Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On Wednesday, 30, September 2020

In 2015 the state took aggressive action to fight again the drug problems throughout the different counties, but over 3000 New Yorkers died from a drug overdose. From 2010 to 2015 this was a 71% increase in the number of drug overdose deaths. The total number of drug-related deaths between 2010 and 2015 was over 14,000. The steady increase of drug-related deaths has been felt across the state, especially in the upstate communities. Within Erie County, the number of deaths increased by 256% which was 31.7 deaths per 100,000 residents in 2015 and was only 8.9 per 100,000 residents in 2010. Within Onondaga County, the drug-related deaths increased by 145% from 8.8 deaths per 100,000 residents to 21.6 deaths per 100,000 residents. Westchester County saw an increase of 122% with 5.4 deaths per 100,000 residents in 2010 to 12 per 100,000 residents in 2015.

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Dutchess County had the highest drug-related death rate of any New York county, and Erie County had the highest rate in a single year. In 2015, Erie County was 19th in the entire nation for drug overdose deaths. Drug and alcohol-related deaths and addiction affect people from all age groups throughout the state. In 2015 10.5% of the drug overdose deaths were among those aged 15 to 24, and 24% of the deaths happened to those aged 25 to 34 years old. The highest percentage of drug-related deaths was 27% among those aged 45 to 54. Men made up the majority of drug-related deaths over the five-year period from 2010 to 2015.

Drug abuse does not have to be a life-long problem and with the right help, an addict can successfully overcome his or her addiction. If you are searching for drug treatment programs within the state, Drug Rehab Services can help you locate the best possible option for treatment. When you speak to one of the counselors at Drug Rehab Services, we will help refer you to the treatment programs that will work for your addiction.


Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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