Acting Niagara County, New York Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti, along with Niagara County law enforcement partners, report drug overdose cases have increased during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of drug overdose cases dispatched by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office from Jan. 1 through April 6 has increased over 35% for the same time frame in 2019.
A number of factors could be contributing to this rise, including the adjustment of methadone clinic hours, decreased availability of methadone or other synthetic treatments for opioid abuse, a heightened sense of anxiety, and job loss. Often substance abuse leads to other crisis situations in the life of an abuser, including family problems, other criminal acts or, in extreme cases, overdose and possibly death.
Source: Niagara Frontier Publications