Broome County receives grant to fight opioid crisis

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Broome County is receiving more state funding to fight the heroin epidemic in our area.

County Executive Jason Garnar along with representatives from the Health Department announced a two year, $50,000 dollar a year grant for services and outreach regarding the opioid crisis.

Broome will partner with the New York State Opioid Overdose Prevention Program to decide how to spend the money.    

Susan Wheeler is a community representative who sits on the Broome Opioid Abuse Council and is also a grieving parent who lost her 25-year old daughter Morgan to a heroin overdose in 2016.

She says the County can use all of the funding it can get.

“Any additional resources that we can receive through the county is a wonderful thing.  Even if we save one life, we’ve accomplished something.  So, I’m very excited about the grant,” said Wheeler.

One portion will fund a television and social media ad campaign to educate people on the dangers of opioids and the importance of talking to your doctor about the issue if opioids are prescribed.

It will also expand the Peer Response Program which meets with local addicts to educate them on available services.

Garnar says the drug treatment center located in the Town of Dickinson is slated to open on April 1st. 

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