Report shows overdose deaths in Monroe Co. during first half of 2018 were above estimates

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Opioid overdose deaths in Monroe County were above estimates during the first half of 2018, according to a report released Friday by the medical examiner.

Estimates by the Monroe County Heroin Task forced estimated that 85 people died from overdoses between January 2018 and June 2018. However, a report from the Monroe County Medical Examiner shows that number was actually 99 deaths.

Most of those deaths were among white men, the report finds. The report also found that deaths ranged greatly in age, but a majority of the deaths were among people ages 21 to 40.

In addition, there were at least 37 overdose deaths in neighboring counties. However, the medical examiner says that number is incomplete as other agencies may have done postmortem tests in those counties.

A fuller report from the medical examiner is expected later this year. The ME’s office says it decided to release these half-year numbers early to “further accelerate the public availability of opioid overdose information.”

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