October saw the most opioid overdoses in Monroe County since the sheriff’s heroin task force started keeping track in January.
It was also the second-most-deadly month for people who overdosed, with 17 fatalities in the county, the sheriff’s data showed.
The oldest overdose victim was 65, according to the county’s data. The youngest was 17. There were 116 overdoses total.
“I cried. I just cried,” said Becky Baker, describing her reaction when she saw the latest data.
Baker shares her phone number with people addicted to opioids and their families. She tells them to call if they want help finding a slot in a treatment program.
Now, she says, she gets as many calls about deaths as she does about treatment.
“My phone has not stopped. The funerals keep coming,” Baker said. “I keep getting messages that ‘did you know so-and-so-has lost their life?’ It’s gut-wrenching. It’s heart-breaking. Our grief group keeps growing and growing.”