HPD: Meth use on the rise

Overdoses, 2019 statistics paint picture of drug use in the city

HORNELL — The deadly impact of drugs in the City of Hornell has been on tragic display in recent weeks.

Two individuals overdosing on heroin were revived from the brink of death using NARCAN. A third was not as fortunate.

“About a week ago we had a young woman who unfortunately we weren’t able to get to, and she died as a result of what we believe is a heroin overdose,” said Police Chief Ted Murray. “We’re still doing the autopsy. ”

The case remains under investigation. Hornell police obtained a search warrant and were “successful in obtaining a bunch of the product.”

Murray said a new brand of fentanyl is hitting the streets.

“They’re calling it carfentanyl. We don’t know if it’s actually carfentanyl or not, but it’s a strong version of the fentanyl. It’s very deadly,” Murray said. “In the Rochester area they tell us they’ve had six or seven deaths from the same product. Anybody that’s into heroin, I hope they get themselves some help and get off it because it is an awful deadly product that’s out there in the streets, unfortunately.”

Murray detailed the state of the city’s drug interdiction efforts during this week’s Board of Public Safety meeting. The chief provided a breakdown of 2019 statistics, which give insight into the state of drug use in the City of Hornell.

While overall drug arrests were basically flat in 2019 — up just three from 2018, from 174 to 177 — a closer analysis of the numbers reveals a boom in methamphetamine use over the last year.

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