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February brought 84 opioid overdoses in Monroe County, with 16 of them fatal.
Overdoses occurred in 12 towns, villages and city.
The data came from county law enforcement officials and was analyzed by the Monroe Crime Analysis Center (MCAC).
January saw 92 overdoses, with 14 fatalities, according the MCAC analysis.
The monthly report, which includes some demographic data is provided to local law enforcement.
The data compiled for the Monroe County Heroin Task Force is considered unofficial, but law enforcement officials have said it gives them information about deploying their resources to hot spots. The Monroe County Medical Examiner is considered the official source, but that data can take months to compile and release to the public. The medical examiner has yet to release data for 2017. The MCAC analysis reported 766 overdose reports and 142 fatalities, with the caution that the data was not final.
MCAC plots the location of weekly overdoses on a map, which it gives to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to post on its website.
The map through Feb. 25 showed 19 overdoses (three fatalities) in the previous week. The site also has a map with cumulative totals from Jan. 1. Overdose fatalities are marked by a red diamond shapes and non-fatal overdoses are marked by a blue diamond shape.
“The pin map is to give a visual representation to the public about what kind of problem we’re facing,” said Lt. Andrew DeLyser, opioid command post incident commander for the Monroe County Heroin task force. “We can say we have this many overdoses here, this many overdoses here. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. … We’re hoping to portray the scope of the problem to people.”
Comparisons to January and February 2017 are difficult to make with the MCAC data because early last year, not all law enforcement agencies collected information at the scene. Nevertheless, MCAC reported 70 overdoses, 13 of them fatal, for the first two months in 2017.
Other data from the February overdoses:
- Average age: 35; oldest person was 61 and the youngest was 19.
- Gender: 53 males and 31 females.
- Location: 58 in Rochester; 5 each in Greece and Henrietta; 3 each in Honeoye Falls, Webster and Penfield; 1 each in Gates, Ogden, Fairport, Pittsford, Perinton, Brockport and Chili.
- Narcan use: Law enforcement reported 58 instances.