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50 suspected opioid overdose deaths already in Erie County this year

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Posted at 11:17 AM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 11:17:55-05

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz Tweeted Monday morning about an increase in Hepatitis C cases among adults in their 20's due to injected drug use.

Poloncarz attended the Opiate Epidemic Task Force where Erie County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein reported 247 confirmed deaths in 2016 due to opioid use. Another 77 cases are suspected to have been from opioid use. The results are pending final toxicology reports.

Already in 2017, Dr. Burstein reported there have been 50 suspected opioid overdose deaths in Erie County.