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City Health Dept. Finds Drug Overdoses on the Rise

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The city's Health Department has released new data showing an increase in drug overdoses across the city.

Between 2010 and last year, the DOH says the number of drug overdose deaths went up by 41 percent.

Seventy-seven of those who died in 2013 overdosed on an opioid, either painkillers, methadone or heroin.

Health officials say the Bronx had the highest rate of heroin-involved overdose deaths last year.

As part of its efforts to reduce these numbers, the Health Department is offering counseling and educational services.

It's also distributing Naloxone to syringe access programs.

The nasal-delivered medication can immediately reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

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