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NY Attorney General Hosts Opioid Roundtable In Binghamton

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

New York Attorney General Letitia James was in Binghamton Friday to discuss the opioid epidemic and its impact on the state 

James met with local stakeholders including health and addiction experts, families of victims, and local leaders. 

Her visit comes after Broome County declared a state of emergency following a spike in fentanyl related overdose deaths. 

A big issue discussed during the roundtable is the need for more resources including safe housing for people recovering from addiction.

 "If I don't have a place to go, I don't care about anything else. If i don't have a roof over my head or food to eat, those are priority problems. My drug addiction is not a priority problem-- to have a place to go a supportive place to go is highly important," said Don Garren, a speaker at the roundtable who is 12 years in recovery.

James recently filed a massive lawsuit against opioid distributors and the Sackler family, which owns the drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. It blames them for largely “creating the opioid epidemic that has ravaged New York, causing widespread addiction, overdose deaths, and suffering,” according to a statement from the AG’s office.