A recent report in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published on December 16, 2016 showed that drug overdose deaths have nearly tripled from 1999 to 2014. In 2014, more than 47,000 Americans died from drug overdose and almost 61% of the deaths were attributed to opioid. In Western New York, Niagara County has the highest age-adjusted death rate due to opioid prescription overdose at a rate of about 7.3 deaths per 100,000 population.
Alcohol abuse can increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. According to CDC, excessive alcohol use, either in the form of heavy drinking (drinking more than 15 drinks per week on average for men or more than 8 drinks per week on average for women), or binge drinking (drinking more than 5 drinks during a single occasion for men or more than 4 drinks during a single occasion for women), can lead to increased risk of health problems such as liver disease or unintentional injuries. Each year, about 88,000 Americans die from excessive alcohol use. In Western New York, Erie County has the highest rate of individuals taken to the ER due to alcohol abuse - the age adjusted ER rate due to alcohol abuse in Erie County is about 43.7 ER visits per 10,000 population 18+ years. This rate has increased from 40.7 ER visits per 10,000 population in 2011-2013.