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Broome County Drug Overdose Deaths 2017

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Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell today released drug overdose death data
for 2017:

66 deaths have been confirmed in Broome County.

The total number of overdose deaths in 2016 was 76.

As part of the District Attorney’s Office on-going investigation into overdose deaths, Cornwell and Overdose Death
Investigator Jeffrey Wagner reviewed death certificates, police reports, coroner’s reports, and toxicology reports;
interviewed addicts and family members of the deceased; and coordinated with police agencies who responded to
overdose deaths.

Nine overdoses are confirmed for the fourth quarter of 2017, along with 57 for the first three quarters of the year. (In
October, 55 overdose deaths had been counted, however, now two more deaths have been added to that number,
making the number of deaths for January through October 57.

Statistics for 2017:
• Average age: 40;
• Number by Gender: Male: 41 (62%); Female: 25 (38%);
• Attributed to heroin or opioids: 62 (94%); Other drugs: 4 (6%); and
• 30% in the City of Binghamton; 12% in Johnson City; 9% in Endicott; and 49% outside the city and villages.
• Most deaths: February (11); March (9); May (8); and June (8).

“Our plan for 2018 is to continue working with treatment providers to get drug users into treatment programs, and
increase our investigative efforts both internally and externally, by working with neighboring counties and downstate
agencies on intelligence sharing,” said Cornwell. “As we attack the drug epidemic from all sides, supply and demand,
and balance treatment with aggressive prosecution, we will continue making progress and save more lives.”