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Fatal heroin overdoses rise in New York City

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NEW YORK (AP) —€” New York City’s health department says figures from 2013 show the largest number of heroin fatalities in a decade.

The New York Times reports heroin overdose deaths in the city last topped 400 in 2003. Last year, there were 420.

It says the toll has more than doubled over the last three years.

Many of the addicts are older. But experts say younger users are increasingly in the mix.

The city's health commissioner, Dr. Mary T. Bassett, says the drug naloxone has been used to reverse over 500 overdoses since 2010.

Bassett says outreach and education programs have been working on Staten Island. Health officials now will focus some of those strategies on the Bronx.

Affluent areas of the northern Bronx and eastern Queens are among the hot spots. Experts also cite heavy opioid pill abuse and heroin use in the surrounding suburbs of Westchester County and Long Island.

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