As Overdoses Rise, Rochester Area Expands Narcan Training

In face of a deadly wave of overdose deaths, Rochester and surrounding Monroe County have begun to offer Narcan training in cities and towns across the region.

As reported by 13 WHAM, Monroe County is offering new ways to train people in preventing and counteracting overdoses from heroin and other opioids.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo outlined some of that training at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

In conjunction with those new ways of preventing overdoses, the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office released data on opioid-related deaths in the county, including the number of people who died in the first six months of 2017 due to opioid-related overdoses.

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From January 1 through June 30, 2017, 115 people died over opioid overdoses. Of those deaths, 95 happened in Monroe County and 20 happened outside of the county. In all of 2016, 206 people died over opioid overdoses, according to data provided by the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office.

These deaths are ones in which the primary cause of death is attributed to heroin, morphine, fentanyl, U-47700 or a combination of at least one or more of these substances.

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To learn more about how Rochester is expanding its efforts to fight the opioid crisis, please visit 13 WHAM.

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