Drug overdose spike in Broome reported
Broome County officials are issuing another advisory regarding a spike in suspected drug overdoses in recent days.
The Broome Opioid Awareness Council encourages people with substance use disorder to practice harm reduction strategies, not to use alone, and to have a Narcan overdose reversal kit . Anyone at the site of an overdose should call 911 immediately. The Good Samaritan Law protects everyone involved when seeking help with a possible overdose.
Narcan trainings are offered throughout Broome County through the Broome County Addiction Center, Helio Health, Southern Tier AIDS Program, Truth Pharm and United Health Services.
Broome County Addiction Center: 30 State Street, Binghamton, NY, 13901. (607) 723-7308.
Helio Health: 249 Glenwood Road, Binghamton, NY, 13905. (607) 296-3072.
Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP): 277 Main Street, Johnson City, NY, 13790. (607) 237-0497
Truth Pharm: 49 Pine Street, Suite 6, Binghamton, NY, 13901. (607) 296-3016.
United Health Services (UHS): (607) 762-2200. For UHS Addiction Medicine, call (607) 762-2901.
People who use substances can contact the Never Use Alone Helpline at 1-800-997-2280 to talk to someone, without judgement.
Broome County began discussing a public notification system for spike overdoses last spring. One of the first advisories was issued in early March ahead of the spike alert program launching in July. The Broome Opioid Awareness Council has since issued peak alerts in early November and again on December 28.
For more information on substance abuse and overdose prevention issues and to find phone numbers, go to www.gobroomecounty.com/boac.