Resources & Education

January 15th, 2016

Deaths from opiate overdoses double in Erie County

drug addiction on the old wooden background. White pill, syringe and heroin. Toned image.If you’re still not convinced that heroin is a huge problem in Western New York, just look at the following numbers from Erie County which were recently released:

  • In 2014, a total of 128 people died from opiate overdose.
  • In the first 9 months of 2015, the toll was 205.  And the number is expected to exceed 250 when the final count is in.

That’s almost double!  And it’s happening in our own backyards.  These are not just numbers, they are people’s husbands, wives, daughters, sons, friends, and grandchildren.

Yesterday, the Health and Human Services Committee hosted a public discussion identifying possible ways to lower these numbers in our community.  Education and access to information was identified as one possible way to combat the epidemic (WKBW).

Painkillers Kill is dedicated to help raise awareness and educate our community about the dangers of substance abuse. Please visit the resources section of our website to read articles about opiate overdose prevention, signs of opiate abuse, opiate withdrawal symptoms and more.  We also offer hope and help with our HOPE line (855) 969-HOPE.  





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