Deaths due to accidental drug overdose New York City in 2008 were at their lowest since 1999, according to a new report from the city’s health department. In 2006, 874 city deaths were attributed to overdose, and in 2008 that number fell 27 percent to 666. Still, drug overdose is the third leading cause of death for New Yorkers aged 25-34, and was a factor in 55,000 hospital emergency admissions in 2007.
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