Honeoye forum highlights the struggle to fight substance abuse in Ontario Co.

Ontario County had its 27th drug-overdose death of the year on Monday, as the abuse of heroin and other illicit drugs has skyrocketed. Altogether eight people have died in the county from drugs.

“it has taken hold here,” said Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero, who spoke with others at a Substance Abuse Forum Monday night at Honeoye Central School. The forum came less than 24 hours after that latest overdose death, a person found unconscious, “surrounded by needles and drug paraphernalia,” said Povero. Meanwhile, an average of three lives per week are saved through the use of the opiate antidote Narcan in Ontario County.

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