Emergency responders increased their use of a lifesaving drug used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose on Long Island in 2016, figures show.
That trend comes into focus just as fatal overdose numbers from last year have also spiked.
Naloxone, the drug administered through a shot or nasal spray, was given at least 769 times in Suffolk County in 2016 by law enforcement, emergency responders and others. That was a significant jump from 598 in 2015, according to a quarterly report on opioids compiled by New York State.
In Nassau, naloxone — or Narcan, the brand name version of the drug — was given out 529 times in 2016 compared with 484 occasions the previous year, state records show.
The Narcan numbers come as more statistics show sign that the deadly drug epidemic still has a tight grip on Long Island: Revised numbers in Suffolk have pushed the 2016 toll on Long Island to 524, up from 493. There are now 329 fatalities for Suffolk County and 195 for Nassau in 2016, according to updated county records.
There were 115 deaths for Suffolk County for 2017 as of Aug. 1, and 68 deaths for Nassau County as of May 29, records show.
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