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Opioids in Yates County: The struggle continues

Every county in New York has been touched by the opioid epidemic. Yates is no exception.

According to a new report of hospital admission and emergency department data from Common Ground Health, Yates County experienced the second highest rate of opioid abuse in the Finger Lakes region in 2016.

In 2016, Yates County residents visited hospital emergency departments (EDs) for opioid abuse or overdoses 43 times, and three people died from the powerful pain killers, the report shows. The analysis also confirmed what anecdotal evidence has pointed to for years — that many residents struggling with addiction began their opioid dependence with a prescription from their doctor.

The report found that from 2014 to 2016, 54 percent of people who overdosed on opioids in the region had a prescription for opioids within the prior two years. For non-heroin opioid overdoses, the relationship was even stronger; 68 percent of people who overdosed had prior prescriptions for painkillers.

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