ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - For the first time in a decade, opioid deaths among people living in New York state are down.
Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Monday.
He said opioid overdose deaths among New York residents, outside New York City, declined 15.9 percent in 2018 compared to 2017, the first decrease in 10 years.
While close to 2,000 people died from opioid overdoses last year, Cuomo said the decrease remains a significant milestone and is the result of several aggressive actions he took over the past several years to combat opioid addiction.
After years of rising opioid-related overdoses deaths among state residents, 2018 finally saw a drop, from 2,170 deaths in 2017, to 1,824 deaths - a 15.9 percent decrease - according to preliminary State Health Department data covering areas outside New York City.
Hospitalizations for opioid related overdoses decreased 7.1 percent - from 3,260 in 2017 to 3,029 in 2018.