Binghamton, NY (January 10, 2017) –Today Broome County Executive Jason Garnar declared the opioid epidemic a “Public Health Emergency”.
“Too many familes have suffered and continue to suffer from this epidemic. The District Attorney announced Seventy-six deaths in 2016 from overdoses that could have been prevented with proper treatment services.” Garnar added, “It is my hope that all levels of government, private and non-profit organizations, and community groups can come together to acknowledge the crisis and work to help those suffering with the addiction.
In addition, County Executive Garnar has appointed Broome County Health Director Rebecca Kaufman as the Head of BOAC (Broome Opioid Abuse Council). He also announced the additional appointments of County Legistor Scott Baker and Binghamton Mayor Rich David to BOAC.
“The Broome County Health Department recognizes the growing number of opioid addicted individuals in our community,” said Rebecca Kaufman, MS, Director of Public Health, “This increased demand is putting added stress on our health care providers, law enforcement and other health and human services agencies which calls for a public health emergency.”