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Broome County Overdose Death Data Released

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Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell released overdose drug death data for January 1st through June 30th, 2018: 13 deaths have been confirmed in Broome County.

The first half of 2016 saw 36 overdose deaths, and the first half of 2017 saw 39 overdose deaths.
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.

Both February and May saw no drug overdose deaths; fatal overdoses occurred during:
• January: 4;
• March: 5;
• April: 1; and
• June: 3.

Of the 13 deaths:
• Nine occurred in Binghamton, three in Union, and one in Chenango;
• The average age was 39;
• 10 were male; three females; and
• Ten attributed to heroin/opioids, and three attributed to other drugs.

“While it’s a very positive sign to see these numbers come down, our work is far from over,” said District
Attorney Steve Cornwell. “Even one death is too many, and we will continue working with treatment providers,
community organizations and law enforcement to make Broome County a safer community and leader in the
fight to save lives.”