|State Health Department Releases Preliminary 2017 Opioid Overdose
Death Data; Lewis County Leads State in Deaths Per Capita
released its County Opioid Quarterly Report for the fourth quarter of 2017,
completing preliminary data for the year.
Lewis County recorded two opioid overdose deaths in the fourth quarter of 2017,
bringing the total opioid related overdose deaths in the county to 11 for 2017.
This equates to a per capita rate of 40.8 deaths per 100,000 people, the highest
rate in the New York State in 2017.
It's also a 175% increase over the four opioid overdose related deaths reported
in the county in 2016.
Overall, there were 1,819 opioid overdose deaths in NYS counties excluding
New York City during 2017, a per capita rate of 16.2 deaths per 100,000 people.
Officials stress that the numbers are still preliminary and can change due to the
possibility of pending toxicology results.
The counties outside of New York City with the highest per capita opioid related
deaths in 2017 were:
2.) Sullivan- 34.7/100,000 people
3.) Cortland- 26.8/100,000 people
4.) Columbia- 26/100,000 people
5.) Suffolk- 25.2/100,000 people