Drug overdoses in New York City have skyrocketed 22 percent so far this year, with a death toll reaching 344, up 283 during this time last year, according to police officials
Police Commissioner James O’Neill said a number of measures are being taken to deal with the spike in drug-related deaths, including the reassignment of officers to deal with overdoses and working closely with the city’s Health Department, reports Newsday.
“Each overdose will get the same focus that we do on a homicide,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said at a City Council hearing on public safety.
He also claims the number of deaths could have been as many as 615 if it had not been for naloxone, which is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose in emergency situations.
“They’ve saved a lot of people out there,” Boyce added.
The city has seen 344 overdose deaths so far this year, up from 283 in the same period last year, officials said https://t.co/TED5ziKIDK
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