BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The first weekend of 2019 was a deadly one in Buffalo. Not because of shootings or other violent crime, but because of overdoses.
The Buffalo Police Department confirmed to 7 Eyewitness News that nine people overdosed in the city between Friday night and Sunday night. Three of those overdoses were deadly.
The victims identities were not released, nor were where they lived. But police did confirm they were two men and a women, ranging in age from their 20s to their 50s.
It is not known if any of the overdoses happened at the same places. Police said the locations spanned across the city.
Overdoses have plagued Buffalo and Erie County as a whole over the past few years. In 2017, there were 251 overdose deaths in Erie County. But Buffalo police said the department noticed a drop in overdoses and overdose deaths in 2018.
Buffalo police said they shared the number of weekend overdoses and deaths to draw attention to treatment options. They remind people struggling with addiction that they can call Erie County's 24-hour addiction hotline. The number is (716) 831-7007.