Fewer Overdose Deaths Reported In Broome County


Updated: 10/9/19 – 9:33AM

ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – Over the last three months, a report from District Attorney Steve Cornwell finds there were nine overdose deaths in Broome County.

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That’s the same number as in the third quarter of 2018, and fewer than the summers of 2017 and 2016, when there were 13 and 24 overdose deaths, respectively.*

Overall, Cornwell sees the reduction as a success. So do other officials.

“We are moving Broome County in the right direction,” Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said in a statement. “We will continue to work hard to get people into treatment and get these dangerous drugs off our streets in order to keep our residents safe.”**

In March, a state of emergency was declared in the county after 12 reported overdose deaths, including six within a 10-day period. 

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, was found to be the cause of that spike in deaths.

* This story has been updated to include a correction from the D.A.’s office. The correct number of reported overdose deaths in 2016 is 24, not 13.

**This story has been updated to include comments from Broome County Executive Jason Garnar.