Suffolk leads the state in heroin-related deaths, authorities say.
Suffolk tallied more heroin-related overdose deaths than any county in New York from 2009 to 2013 — evidence of the “devastating” toll that the drug has taken on the county in recent years, according to authorities and a new state report on opioid abuse. At least 337 people died from heroin in Suffolk during the 60-month period ending Dec. 31, 2013, the report states. That’s more than in the Bronx, which recorded 216 such deaths, the second-highest number over that period; Queens, which recorded 174; Manhattan, which recorded 156; Brooklyn, with 151; and Nassau, with 128.
The government report on heroin and other opioid deaths, the first of its kind in New York, is based on data collected by dozens of state and local government agencies. It contains dozens of findings on heroin and painkiller use, including:
- Treatment admissions for opioid addiction on Long Island rose 29 percent from 2010 to 2014, from 12,887 to 16,681.
- Heroin was involved in 637 drug-related deaths statewide in 2013 versus 242 in 2009, a 163 percent increase.
- Prescription opioid deaths rose from 735 in 2009 to 952 statewide in 2013, a 30 percent increase.
- Opioid-related emergency room visits increased 73 percent statewide from 2010 to 2014.