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Nearly 200 people died from opioid overdoses in Monroe County last year, according to data released Monday by the county medical examiner’s office.

That’s the first decrease since 2015, but it’s still 17 times as many overdose deaths as the county had in 2011, when it first started tracking the data.

Monroe County public health commissioner Michael Mendoza said one of the primary reasons for last year’s decline was likely the prevalence of overdose reversal drugs like naloxone, which is sold under the brand name Narcan.

Rochester-area opioid deaths increase again

Jul 3, 2018

Data released by the Monroe County Medical Examiner shows opioid-related deaths keep rising in the Rochester region.

The death toll from heroin and fentanyl climbed for five of the last six years, from 11 in 2011 to 287 in 2017, according to the report, and it has more than doubled since 2015.

“We’re failing,” said Mark Assini, the town supervisor in Gates. “Our methods and our efforts have to be doubled and changed, and we have to get our arms around this. Right now we have not.”