Overdose Information

 (BINGHAMTON, NY) – On April 25, 2019, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar lifted the State of Emergency declared March 27, 2019, due to a significant spike in fentanyl-related overdose deaths.
During the months of January and February, Broome County reported three fatal overdoes each month. During the month of March, Broome County reported 12 deaths, including six in a 10day period, prompting officials to declare the State of Emergency.  Since then, the number of deaths has dropped back in line with pre-emergency levels. 
As part of the State of Emergency, County Executive Jason Garnar, District Attorney Steve Cornwell, Office of Emergency Services Director Michael Ponticiello, and Public Health Director Rebecca Kaufman created a Drug Overdose Response Team to monitor and respond to the “spike” in overdoses (fatal and non-fatal).
As part of this effort, specific scenarios and criteria have been developed to identify an irregular spike in drug overdoses including historical data, trends, frequency, potency, etc.  
In the event of a spike in overdoses, the team will convene an emergency meeting to evaluate the situation and implement a plan to reduce the harm to the public. The team members will meet and coordinate with colleagues in government, law enforcement, the medical community, and public/private organizations to help assess the situation and develop the appropriate response. 
The team will consider and implement all possible response strategies to combat a spike in overdoses including, but not limited to: Education and Training; Harm Reduction; Intervention; Law Enforcement; and Public Information/Messaging. 
The team will evaluate every situation in which a spike has occurred and determine whether a Public Health Alert, or any advisory, will be issued.   
Strategies Implemented to Reduce Deadly Drug Overdoses
Education/ Public Information Messaging
The Broome County Health Department will work with the New York State Department of Health of on any trainings, education, or information that is available for the public. BCHD will work with media partners including print, television and radio on PSA and messaging in the community. Social media and listservs will be used to disseminate information about trainings, treatment providers and where to go for help. The Health Department will use the 211 service and make sure they have updated information about services available in the community. They will also work with treatment providers, grass roots organizations and members of BOAC as needed to share and disseminate pertinent information. 
The Broome County Office of Emergency Services Coordinated the county’s multi-departmental response to the crisis, including meetings, monitoring, logistics/resources, inter-governmental collaboration, notifications and other critical communications. OES also facilitated necessary reporting to New York State government, including initial SOE declaration and orders, situation reports, updates, and renewals of emergency orders. Finally, they provided crisis-specific briefings and updates to Emergency Medical Services agencies, particularly regarding enhanced communication requirements with other agencies. Going forward, OES will serve as the primary alerting/notification agency for members of the team in the event that its spike criteria are met.
Harm Reduction
Strategies that target harm reduction messaging and education will be utilized by working with grassroots organizations and community organizations who focus on harm reduction such as; Truth Pharm & Southern Tier AIDS and through New York State department of Health. The Health Department will do this by obtaining Narcan kits as needed, hosting emergency Narcan trainings and educating the public on harm reduction strategies. The Broome County Office of Emergency Services also provided and is providing training in overdose recognition and response to additional county employees, as well as providing additional naloxone kits.   Intervention
Peer Counselors have reached out to active users to offer treatment options which includes people who have recently overdosed or are facing a drug related charge.   The Drug Court Team, Treatment Alternative to Prosecution program, and ACBC have met with participants to warn them of the current risks and to counsel them about seeking help, especially those who may have friends that recently died from a fentanyl overdose. 
Law Enforcement  
In fatal and non-fatal overdose cases, drugs found at the scene are being sent to a specialized lab for expedited testing so that the specific type of drugs involved can be identified scientifically, which will help track the deadly drugs and help identify the source of the supply. In addition, in all fatal overdose cases, toxicology is also being sent to the lab on an expedited basis for testing with result available within two weeks -- which previously took up to a year.
Police are treating overdose scenes as crime scenes and the DA’s office is assisting in investigations by gathering additional evidence to help identify the source of the supply. 
Uniform and detailed reporting procedures have been adopted, and a countywide reporting form is being used by all agencies. The new procedures will assist police and prosecution in efforts to prosecute dangerous drug dealers for selling drugs mixed with fentanyl. 
There is an increased priority for prosecuting (and investigating) fentanyl drug dealers. 
Additional police resources have been provided the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies for random Drugged Driver Checkpoints, intended to locate drugged drivers and those transporting narcotics throughout Broome County.
Funding has been offered through STOP-DWI and the DA’s office for Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) training for local police to increase their ability to identify drugged drivers. 
Funding has also been secured by the DA’s office for training Drug Recognition Experts who are needed to arrest and prosecute drugged drivers.  
Additional confidential strategies are being developed and implemented to prevent the flow of illegal drugs into Broome County. 

You can stop an overdose

Encourage those with substance use disorders to not use alone, have a Narcan kit available, and if you are on the site of an overdose, call 911.

For all non-emergencies, please call 2-1-1.

Public Service Announcement


Broome Opioid Awareness Council (BOAC) wants to remind community members:

• They can visit their local pharmacy and use the Naloxone Co-payment Assistance Program (N-CAP). No prior prescription from a medical provider is needed. Call your pharmacy ahead to ensure availability.

• Walk in hours are available at the following locations for a Narcan kit and education.

Please contact the agencies for hours and availability.

• Addiction Center of Broome County (607) 723-7308

• Helio Health (607) 296-3072

• Southern Tier AIDS Program (607) 798-1706

• Truth Pharm (607) 348-3302

Treatment Providers and Agencies


  • (607) 762-2257
  • 10-42 Mitchell Ave., Binghamton, NY


  • (607) 723-7308 ext. 0
  • 30 West State St., Binghamton, NY  13901
  • www.addictionctrofbroomecounty.org
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) – Vivitrol Program.
  • NYS OASAS licensed private, nonprofit chemical dependency outpatient clinic and rehabilitation with integrated dual disorder treatment for women and men 18 and older.
  • Groups: basic addiction education, outpatient rehabilitation, intensive outpatient, aftercare and relapse prevention. Specialized groups include co-dependency, anger management, trauma recovery empowerment for men and women, parenting, art therapy, and wellness self management.
  • Psychiatric and individual therapy.



  • (607) 772-7254
  •  Binghamton City Court
  • Provides nonviolent criminal offenders addicted to drugs with the opportunity to participate in substance abuse treatment under the supervision of the court.


  • 36-42 Main St., Binghamton, NY  13905
  • (607) 778-2351

(607) 778-2812 Marissa Lamphere - Opioid Overdose Prevention Coordinator



  • (607) 778-1253
  • 36-42 Main St., Binghamton, NY  13905

Through referral by the Department of Social Services CDSU provides assessments and case management for temporary assistance applicants who may be in need of chemical dependency services. Those individuals assessed as in need of chemical dependency treatment are referred to the appropriate level of care and their compliance to treatment is monitored by CDSU. 

Dual Recovery Project

  • (607) 778-1162
  • Through the Addiction Center of Broome County (ACBC), coordinates, improves and enhances treatment for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Re-Entry Able Program

  • (607) 778-1364
  • Assists men and women in meeting the challenges they face when returning to our community, from a New Yor State correctional facility, with the ultimate goal of reducing recidivism, rebuilding lives and communities, and enhancing public safety.


  • (607) 778-8850 or (607)778-2500
  • 36-42 Main St., Binghamton, NY  13905
  • Medicaid Assistance – (607)778-2604

Family & Children's Society

Outpatient treatment center for chemical dependency and mental health:  Counseling services, drug testing , home healthcare navigators. Medically assisted treatment will be available soon.

  • 607-729-6206
  • 257 Main Street Binghamton, NY 13905
  • Monday - Friday 9am-3:30pm
  • Currently no waiting list


  • (607) 722-8987
  • www.frsinc.org
  • NYS OASAS licensed COMMUNITY RESIDENCE (HALFWAY HOUSE) 5 Merrick St., Binghamton, NY  13904


  • (607) 722-4080 - 24 HOURS
  • Twenty short-term medically monitored withdrawal beds assisting individuals with   referrals to the appropriate level of care
  • Fairview and Merrick Community Residences serving Men (24) and Women (12)
  • Transitional Supportive Living Programs (up to two years) to include Mannion House and apartments for men and women and children.
  • Permanent Supportive Housing to include Shelter Plus Care and Housing Plus Care


  • If calling from a 607 area code, dial 211. 
  • If calling from any other area code, dial 1-800-901-2180.
  • www.helpme211.org


  • 607-296-3072
  • 249 Glenwood Rd. BLD 1 Binghamton, NY 13905
  • Medically Supervised Withdrawl and Stabilization Services
  • www.helio.health


  • 40 Mitchell Ave., Binghamton, NY 
  • Crisis Line (607) 762-2257
  • To schedule an evaluation (607)762-3232
  • NYS OASAS licensed chemical dependency program - Services include: assessments, referrals, inpatient and outpatient. Outpatient groups include intensive outpatient, stepdown, aftercare, recovery management, recovery life skills, criminal justice, DWI, and early intervention group.   
  • Weekly community educational program offered at no charge to family and friends of persons suffering from substance abuse disorder.

Medication assisted treatment services offered at UHS:

  • Methadone Clinic (Southern Tier Drug Abuse Treatment Center) Operated by UHS
  • 10 Mitchell Ave., Binghamton, NY
  • (607) 762-2800
  •  Suboxone (Buprenorphine) at New Horizons
  • 40 Mitchell Ave Binghamton, NY
  • (607) 762-3232

OPERATION S.A.F.E. (Save Addicts from Epidemic)

  • (607) 778-6119
  • The Broome County District Attorney's Office has launched Operation S.A.F.E. (Save Addicts from Epidemic). Addicts or their family members are encouraged to call Broome County’s S.A.F.E. Line at 607-778-6119. A volunteer will then take their information and immediately begin searching the network of quality treatment facilities accepting new patients.


  • (607) 778-8864
  • Academic detailing visits to medical professionals providing verbal and written information about safe and effective opioid prescribing.


  • (607)584-3110
  • Youth Services (607)584-4500
  • Provides alcohol, tobacco, heroin and opioid education to the community & schools.
  • Death After Overdose Recovery and Support (DORS) Group – (607)584-9160
  • Provides prevention counseling in four school districts.


  • (607) 201-1030
  • 55-58 Whitney Ave., Binghamton, NY  13901
  • A safe and sober living environment for adult males, 32 beds (not a treatment facility).


  • (607) 723-5381
  • 3-5 Griswold St., Binghamton, NY  13904
  • Rehabilitation Program for adult males, 65 beds.


  • (607) 778-1911 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
  • 155 Lt. VanWinkle Drive, Binghamton, NY  13905
  • Assists individuals suffering from substance use disorder who are voluntarily seeking treatment.


  • (607) 798-1706
  • 275-277 Main St., Johnson City, NY 13790
  • www.stapinc.org
  • Training on the use of Naloxone-Overdose Prevention Program.
  • Syringe exchange program. 


  • (607) 772-0560
  • 61 Susquehanna St., Binghamton, NY  13901
  • Men’s supportive & transitional housing, 86 beds.
  • Provides case management services (not a treatment facility).


  • (607) 772-0340 x223
  • ywcabinghamton.org
  • 80 Hawley St., Binghamton, NY  13901
  • Supportive living and individual case management services for women and their families facing substance abuse problems.