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Drug-related deaths on the rise in NYC: Report

Posted at 4:43 PM, Jul 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-10 16:49:43-04

NEW YORK — A new report shows that drug-related deaths are on the rise in New York City.

Medical-examiner records obtained by The New York Post show drugs were either the main or contributing factor in 999 deaths in 2015. Records show this was a 7 percent increase from 2014.

Toxicology reports found the presence of drugs in 671 people in 2015 compared to 608 in 2014.

Heroin and cocaine related deaths rose 10 percent.

Medical examiners also found that fentanyl, a narcotic used to treat heroin users contributed to 136 deaths in 2015. The highly addictive drug was connected to 36 deaths in 2014.

Records showed the presence of anti-anxiety medication Xanax and the painkiller codeine in more autopsied bodies in 2015.