Latest state tally finds overdose deaths have leveled off, Narcan credited

Drug overdose deaths between 2016 and 2017 stayed level, the first time since 2012 drug deaths didn’t rise significantly, according to the latest state numbers.

There were 487 fatal overdoses in 2017, with two more potential drug deaths still under investigation, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Overdoses had risen steadily over the previous five years, from 163 in 2012 to 485 in 2016.