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Broome County Launches New Heroin Taskforce

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By Fox 40 Staff.
The heroin epidemic has made it's way into the headlines and, unfortunately, into the lives of far too many people in our area...

Thursday Broome County announced the creation of the Broome Opioid Abuse Council. That group will continue a number of responses the county has made to the growing problem. In the past year, the Broome County Sheriff's Office has carried the heroin antidote Narcan. It's also set up two different prescription drug drop off boxes so that prescriptions can be disposed of safely.

The County Mental Health Department has assisted UHS in expanding its methadone treatment capacity, as well as hosting numerous community forums on opiate addictions and abuse.

County Legislative Minority Leader Jason Garnar wants to this new task force include more stakeholders, based on Chenango County's Heroin Roundtable. He says he wants to collaborate with County Executive Debbie Preston on the issue.

"We have to work on this as a community because like we said it's not the urban or the rural it's everyone in the community. And I think if we work together combating it that we can be and that successful we can make headway on this," said Preston.

"I have been able to look at her idea. I think it's very small in scope. and I think we need to include a number of organizations and that should have happened way before this announcement was made," said Garnar.

The county's website gobroomecounty.com has a number of links and phone numbers aimed at helping people combat opioid addiction.