The Erie County Coroner released death statistics for 2015.
According to the report, the number of drug deaths in Erie County, specifically heroin, are on the rise. 59 people died as a result of drugs in 2015 and 32 of them involved heroin.
That’s a nearly 19% increase in heroin deaths when compared to 2014.
In addition, there were 12 homicides in Erie county in 2015.
That’s a decrease from 14 homicides in 2014. Ten of those deaths, were in the city of Erie. Seven of the homicides were results of a gunshot wound.