Overdose Deaths In Broome Drop From Early 2019 Spike, Now Steady With Last Summer


VESTAL (WSKG) – After a spike last March, Broome County Overdose death numbers dropped in the second quarter of the this year. Those statistics were released today by the Broome County District Attorney.

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Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell. Gabe Altieri/WSKG

The county reported six overdose deaths between April and June. They came after 12 overdose deaths in March, including six in a ten-day period.  District Attorney Steve Cornwell blamed the appearance more potent fentanyl, which is mixed with heroin.

After the spike, Broome County officials declared a State of Emergency.

The six overdose deaths this quarter is two more than this time in 2018. There were 19 over the same period in 2017, and 13 in 2016.