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Albany County on pace for record number of fatal opioid overdoses

Jun 15, 2021 5:43 am

Bethany Bump reports at the Times Union that this year Albany County might break the record it set last year for fatal opioid overdoses. In 2020 Albany County recorded 99 fatal opioid overdoses, a 60 percent increase over 2019, when there were 62 deaths. This year so far 37 people are confirmed to have died of an opioid-related overdose in Albany County through the end of May, according to County Executive Dan McCoy. Opioids are also suspected to have played a role in the deaths of another 13 people in Albany County. “They’re still awaiting toxicology reports, which could mean a total of 50 for the first five months of this year — which is alarming,” McCoy said. “I watch family, friends that have addiction issues that have fought this and for whatever reason it has rocked their world and they are struggling.” Read more about this story in the Times Union.