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Over a Dozen Already in Treatment in Operation SAFE

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By FOX 40 Staff.
Operation SAFE is already treating 14 people after launching earlier this month.

Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell Monday announced 14 Broome County addicts have been paired with long-term treatment facilities, in the first two weeks of Operation SAFE (Save Addicts From Epidemic).

Ten more addicts are currently working with Operation SAFE volunteers to be paired with treatment facilities in the coming days.

“Addicts need long-term treatment to turn their lives around,” said Cornwell. “The people we’ve sent to rehab are not out on the streets, stealing to feed their addictions, and their families and friends can finally rest at night, knowing their loved ones are getting the help they need.”

Addicts who call Operation SAFE are assigned to a volunteer who collects the necessary information, and immediately begins searching the network of treatment providers to pair addicts with facilities that meet their needs.

For addicts who do not have insurance, or the cost of treatment is a barrier, scholarships and transportation funds are arraigned on a case-by-case basis.

The 14 local addicts have been paired with long-term treatment facilities in Florida, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

To seek help, call Operation SAFE at (607) 778-6119, Monday-Friday between 10am and 3pm. Messages are returned as quickly as possible.

Cornwell announced the launch of Operation SAFE on February 8th.