The Erie County Coroner addresses the opioid crisis with community members.
Lyell Cook spoke to a group at Lifeworks Erie giving them an overview of what the coroner’s office dealt with last year. He also spoke about positive and negative trends he’s seeing in regards to Erie County deaths. For example, he says last year was the biggest year in drug deaths Erie County has ever had. This year, it’s down to half of that.
He says, “I like to think that part of it is prosecuting the dealers. I think that has something to do with it. But, like everything, there’s highs and lows.”
Cook also adding that he doesn’t believe ‘opioid crisis’ is the right term anymore. Most overdose deaths are due to fentanyl, which is not an opioid.