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Letter: New York must do more to combat drug deaths

New York must do more to combat drug deaths

According to “The Upshot” in The News on Sept. 3, drug overdose deaths nationwide are growing even faster than previously thought. In light of this obvious acknowledgement on drug overdoses, Albany seems to be turning a deaf ear. It continues to hit the airwaves solely on expensive “quit smoking” commercials, despite the 22 percent increase in drug deaths over the previous year.

The number for 2016 was 64,000 deaths, compared with 52,404 for 2015. This alarming body count has me wondering why New York State is not at least making a token contribution to the media on drug overdose awareness. What’s up?

Joseph Coia

West Seneca

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