CITY HALL — Opioid overdoses on Staten Island continued to surge in 2018 as overdoses citywide slightly dipped, according to new data from the Health Department released Monday.
Citywide, there were 38 fewer overdoses in 2018 compared to the previous year, but Staten Island experienced a 13% jump in overdoses in 2018, from 90 deaths in 2017 to 102 deaths in 2018.
The drug fentanyl remained the leading cause of fatal overdoses on Staten Island in 2018, rising from 62 fatal fentanyl involved overdoses in 2017 to 78 fatal fentanyl involved overdoses in 2018.
Heroin was the second leading cause of fatal overdoses in the borough in 2018, with the number of deaths increasing by 16%, from 55 heroin-related deaths in 2017 to 64 heroin-related deaths in 2018. Overall, fatal heroin overdoses increased by 64% from 2015 to 2018.
Tottenville saw the highest rate of overdoses in the borough last year, and was among the top five neighborhoods citywide where opioid overdose deaths exceeded the city average.
St. George, followed by Stapleton, were two other Island neighborhoods that saw higher-than-average rates of overdose deaths.