Report: Steuben County had high opioid abuse rate in region in 2016

STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - A new report shows Steuben County had one of the highest rates in the region for opioid abuse in 2016. 

The report, by Common Ground Health out of Rochester, says 141 visits to emergency departments were for opioid abuse or overdoses in the county. 

Steuben is one of nine counties analyzed in the Finger Lakes region.

From 2014 to 2016, it says "54 percent of people who overdosed on opioids in the region had a prescription within the prior two years."

It goes on to say, the relationship was even stronger for nonheroin opioid overdoses with 68 percent of people having prior prescriptions for painkillers.

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