Positive news in the fight against the Opioid Epidemic in Erie County

February 27, 2018

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Erie County Executive, Mark Poloncarz announced that while other areas of the country are seeing an increase, Erie County is seeing a decrease in opioid overdose fatalities in our community.

The county’s confirmed data from 2017 for opioid related deaths show this is a county wide issue, and that fentanyl is still the leading opioid accounting for about half of deaths. Poloncarz says they are projecting a 10% decrease in deaths this year.

Poloncarz says the decrease is thanks to a community-wide effort, including those who make up the Erie County Opioid Task Force.

Help is available if you need it. The 24 Hour Hotline is 716-831-7007. The county will also be rolling out billboards in an effort to increase awareness and help continue this trend of decreases.

There is obviously a lot of work to be done, but this is certainly a good start.




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