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Washington County, N.Y., Shares Overdose Stats Via Dashboard

The Washington County Sheriff's Office in New York has released a dashboard that informs the public of drug overdose trends in the local area. Multiple local police agencies shared data for the project.

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(TNS) — The Washington County Sheriff's Office has released a new public dashboard that will display overdose trends within the county.

Sheriff Jeff Murphy said in a news release he recognizes the value in sharing local substance abuse statistics with the public, as substance abuse has continued to increase both locally and nationally.

Police agencies within the county were invited to partner on this effort to share their statistics. The following departments are participating: Hudson Falls, Cambridge- Greenwich, Whitehall and Granville.

The dashboard tracks overdoses for 2021, including the number of instances when the opioid reversal drug Naloxone was administered. It also breaks down the overdoses by town, age of victim, type of drug and whether the person died.

There have been 32 overdoses so far this year as of Monday. Six were fatal.

Naloxone was administered 19 times.

The most overdoses — 10 — were in the 26 to 35 age group. That was followed by nine in the 36 to 45 age group.

The 46 to 55 age group had six; 18 to 25, five; and 56 and older, two.

Hudson Falls had the most overdoses with 14. That was followed by Kingsbury with nine; four in Fort Edward, three in Whitehall and two in Fort Ann.

Heroin was responsible for nearly half of the overdoses with 15. Next came cocaine with five overdoses and prescription drugs with four.

The Washington County Department of Real Property and the Information Technology Department assisted in creating the dashboard.

The dashboard can be accessed at: .

Warren County Sheriff's Office launched a similar dashboard. It was designed by the Warren County Planning & Community Development Department with the assistance of the Sheriff's Office and the Glens Falls Police Department.

As of Monday, the county had 21 overdoses, including five that were fatal. Naloxone was used 14 times.

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