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Letter to the Editor: All can help prevent drug-related deaths

November 27, 2013
Leader Herald (New York)

I read with great sadness the article in the Nov. 9 edition of The Leader-Herald about the increase of alcohol- and drug-related deaths in Fulton County. According to the county coroner's office, drug-related deaths investigated by the coroners increased from three in 2010, to seven in 2011, to 16 in 2012.

Unfortunately, what we are seeing in Fulton County mirrors what is happening nationally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug-overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher. According to the CDC, 100 people die from drug overdoses every day in the United States. Most of these deaths are caused by prescription medications. The Trust for America's Health reports that in 29 states, drug overdoses kill more people than automobile crashes.

We can each do our part to help stop and reverse this alarming trend.

If you would like more information, please call the HFM Prevention Council at 736-8188 or the New York State Helpline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369).

ANN BRENNAN RHODES

Executive director,

HFM Prevention Council

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