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Recent Spike In Area Overdoses Prompts Alerts in Broome and Oneida Counties

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A frightening spike in area opioid overdoses recently prompted a State of Emergency in Broome County and another high level alert up in Oneida County.

According to Rep. Anthony Brindisi, the Oneida County Overdose Response Team recently reported 21 heroin overdoses and five deaths in the span of just ten days. Broome County officials have also reported 6 overdose deaths in just ten days.

Experts on the ground are blaming the overdose spike in the increasing presence of the highly potent drug fentanyl, which is often laced with the heroin or taken by itself. Fentanyl has proven to be extremely dangerous and deadly in the lowest of doses.

Later tonight (April 2) at the Cortland Common Council meeting, there will be a presentation and discussion on opioid use right here in Cortland County, one of many items on tonight’s agenda.

That meeting begins at 7:00 over on the 2nd floor of Cortland City Hall.

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