In a press release issued on June 1, 2017, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced that fentanyl is being increasingly found in cocaine-involved overdose deaths. The release offered some sobering statistics:
- in 2016 37% of overdose deaths involved cocaine and fentanyl without heroin, up from 11% in 2015.
- last year, more than 1,300 New Yorkers died of a drug overdose and 44% of those deaths involved fentanyl.
The NYC Health Department conducted a two day opioid outreach campaign in May to advise people of the risks associated with fentanyl. The City also launched a free mobile app "Stop OD NYC" which teaches New Yorkers how to recognize and reverse an overdose.
To read the entire press release, click here. Vigilance and education is the key.