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Hudson Valley organizations aim to curb opioid overdoses amid spike in deaths

The report from the CDC shows more than 107,000 people died from drug overdoses last year.

News 12 Staff

May 13, 2022, 12:22 AM

Updated 772 days ago


The opioid crisis is only getting worse, as new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a record number of people died in the U.S. last year from overdoses.
The report from the CDC shows more than 107,000 people died from drug overdoses last year.
That's a 15% increase from 2020, and fentanyl is driving the majority of these overdose deaths.
While this is a record-high number of deaths, the increase seems to have slowed down, compared to what was seen between 2019 and 2020 at 30% of an increase, according to the CDC report.
Hudson Valley organizations like the Prevention Council of Putnam say the numbers are alarming, and are trying to bring that number down.
They're distributing Narcan and naloxone kits to local businesses to have on deck in case of an overdose.
Naloxone can rapidly reverse the deadly effects of an overdose with a simple push of the nasal spray into the patient's nose. 

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