Broome County Sees Increase in Overdoses

(BROOME COUNTY, NY) Broome County has received reports of increased overdoses throughout the month of February. The Broome Opioid Awareness Council (BOAC) wants to encourage those with a substance use disorder to practice harm reduction strategies and to not use alone, have a Narcan kit available and if you are on the site of an overdose call 911. 

Virtual Narcan trainings are being offered throughout the county. The Addiction Center of Broome County (ACBC), Helio Health, Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP) and Truth Pharm are all offering virtual trainings. You can simply call, text, reach out on Facebook or send an email to the organizations and you will be connected with a staff member who will ask you a few questions and train you on the spot. It will then be decided the best way to get you a Narcan kit. 

It’s important now more than ever to check on those with a substance use disorder and make sure both the family and the person who uses drugs have a lifesaving Narcan kit. Narcan is the drug used to reverse an overdose of opioids including heroin and prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, methadone and Vicodin. Participants will learn about overdose prevention and how to correctly administer Narcan.

Community members can also visit their local pharmacy and use the Naloxone Co-payment Assistance Program (N-CAP). No prior prescription from a medical provider is needed. Call your pharmacy ahead to ensure availability. 

Additionally, support groups like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), as well as counseling and services provided by local agencies are being offered virtually. Residents are also encouraged to call 211 24 hours a day with questions or if they are looking for more information or help. 

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Publish Date
February 23, 2021