Capital Region OD's Continue But Narcan Has Saved Thousands

The maker of OxyContin says it will no longer market its opioids to doctors. 

Purdue Pharmaceuticals says it's cutting its sales staff by over half and will stop sending sales reps to doctors' offices to discuss opioids. 

Purdue said in a statement that the new policies will go into effect Monday. 

A new state report on heroin and opioids says nearly 2,000 people across upstate New York died of drug overdoses in 2016, but also says thousands of others were saved by the increased availability of the reversal agent Narcan.  

Report says 29 people died in Schenectady County in 2016, 26 in Albany County. 

In fact, only one upstate county, Schuyler, reported no deaths from opioid overdose in 2016.

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