From the Document: "In Monroe County, there were more deaths from heroin and/or fentanyl than motor vehicle accidents, homicides, and suicides 'combined' in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Unofficial data indicates that there were at least 127 opioid overdose fatalities in 2019. Agencies and communities across Monroe County have made some critical progress in our efforts to address the opioid problem. [...] In fact, one recent success is that the unofficial overdose data indicate that 2019 fatal and nonfatal overdoses are down from 2018 overdoses. While we hope to continue these important gains, we recognize that this will require momentum and a renewed commitment while up against COVID-19 [coronavirus disease]. This brief document is meant as a jumping off point to identify some issues that are relevant to the intersection of COVID-19 and the opioid epidemic locally. This is just the beginning of a much longer conversation to ensure that some of our most vulnerable population is not left out while we tackle COVID-19. As we are in uncharted territory, tracking as much as possible and evaluating the responses are just as important now as they were before."
Working Paper No. 2020-03
Center for Public Safety Initiatives
Rochester Institute of Technology: https://www.rit.edu/