Staten Island’s overdose death toll dropped 26% in 2017 — with Naloxone saving 286 potential victims

Daily News - The number of Staten Island’s fatal drug overdoses plunged dramatically in 2017, aided by use of the opioid antidote Naloxone to resuscitate 286 potential victims.

The death toll fell from 116 in 2016 to 86 in 2017, a steep drop of roughly 26%, according to preliminary numbers released Thursday by the NYPD and the Staten Island District Attorney.

“Each of those 86 lives lost should serve as a continued reminder of the five-alarm fire we face in dealing with this drug epidemic,” said the borough’s chief prosecutor, Michael McMahon. “This battle is far from over.”

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