Mills said the number represents an increase of 11% over the previous year.
While heroin deaths decreased, Mills stated there was an alarming 27% increase in the number deaths caused by illegal fentanyl and fentanyl related products. 2017 also brought an increase in the number of deaths caused by cocaine and methamphetamine.
Mills added most drug deaths were caused by a combination of two or more drugs and the average cause of death involved taking 3 drugs.
The average age of drug overdose deaths remained at 41 years old.