Heroin Deaths Skyrocket in Rochester Region

By RACHEL BARNHART | rbarnhart@wroctv.com

Published 02/04 2014 05:12PM

Updated 02/04 2014 05:33PM

The Rochester region has experienced a dramatic rise in the number of heroin overdose deaths.

The Monroe County Medical Examiner reports 65 heroin-related deaths in 2013. That's up from 29 in 2012 and 11 in 2011.

In  December, the Medical Examiner started seeing people who had taken heroin laced with fentanyl. This is considered a dangerous additive to heroin. Between December 5 and January 21, the Medical Examiner investigated nine overdose deaths from heroin and fentanyl.

Eighty percent of those who died from heroin overdoses between 2011 and 2013 were men. Eighty-two percent were white. Thirty-nine percent of all victims were in their 20's.

Seventy-three percent of the victims lived in Monroe County. The Medical Examiner also investigated deaths from Chemung, Livingston, Wyoming, Orleans, Ontario and Steuben counties.

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