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Drug deaths surge again upstate

The number of drug-related deaths in New York’s suburbs and upstate soared a whopping 84 percent between 2010 and 2015, a new report found.

Fueled by a surge in heroin abuse, New York had a remarkable spike in overdoses over the six-year period: Deaths rose 71 percent, according to analysis of federal data by The Rockefeller Institute of Government.

And the problem was most pronounced in the New York City suburbs and upstate, the institute’s report found.

In the city, annual drug-related deaths rose 45 percent over the six-year stretch, but spiked 84 percent in large upstate counties.

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