New information from County Health Department shows increase in heroin deaths

After five heroin overdoses and at least one related death reported over a 24-hour-period in Syracuse last week, people want to learn more about the potentially deadly drug, and its popularity in our community.

CNY Central asked the Onondaga County Health Department for more information about recent heroin-related deaths in Onondaga County, and this is what we found out:

Since 2010, 50 Central New Yorkers have died as a result of heroin use. More than half of those deaths occurred in just the last year.

In 2013, at least 27 people died from a heroin overdose, or complications related to the drug. Though the Health Department says that number has not been finalized, it's already more than double the 13 heroin-related deaths reported in 2012.

There were eight heroin-related deaths in 2011, and 2010 saw one.

Last week's death is the first heroin-related death in the county this year.

So far, all we know about that person was that they were a Caucasian male, and older than 60 years old.

According to the Onondaga County Health Department, the majority of those who died as a result of heroin use in the last four years were in their early to late 20's, 30's, or 40's.

Three victims were younger than 20 years old, and five victims were between 50 and 59 years old.

There were 47 Caucasian victims, and three African American victims. Eight were women, 42 were men.