Middletown opioid overdose deaths cut in half in 2020, but meth continues sharp rise


Middletown saw its opioid overdose deaths cut in half last year as total overdoses fell slightly, according to new data.

In the meantime, seizures of methamphetamine in the city have risen almost 11,000% since 2016, which officials say shows the changing habits of users.

Overdose deaths dropped from 48 in 2019 to 24 in 2020 as total overdoses decreases from 457 to 424 in the city, which was one of the region’s hardest hit by the overdose crisis of several years ago. That continued a drop in deaths from 77 in 2017 and 53 in 2018.