The Opioid Crisis

Local data collected from the Rochester Drug Treatment Court found that Monroe County experienced a 145% increase in overdose deaths from 69 in 2015 to 169 in 2016. Opioid overdoses continued to rise in 2017, accounting for 220 deaths and within the first six months of 2018 there have been 566 reported overdoses, 85 of which resulted in fatalities. Judge DeMarco recognized that the Treatment Courts were uniquely situated to be at the forefront of the community response to decrease the risk of death.

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