Broome County Recognizes September as National Recovery Month

Broome County Recognizes September as National Recovery Month

County Releases Overdose Numbers for 2017

          432 total overdoses reported to Office of Emergency Services thus far*


(BINGHAMTON, NY) – Broome County Executive Jason Garnar along with the Broome County Health Department, Broome County Office of Mental Health and Broome County Office of Emergency Services today recognized September as National Recovery Month.


According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), National Recovery Month is observed in order to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people in recovery.


“This is also the time to bring attention to the growing heroin epidemic in Broome County and the actions we are taking to fight it,” said Garnar. “Today, we are releasing overdose data collected by the county that show that even more treatment services are desperately needed in Broome County.”


Today, Broome County released overdose data for January 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017. These numbers are calls to Broome County 9-1-1 reporting all overdoses. This data is collected by the Broome County Office of Emergency Services at the dispatch center.


January 2017: 20

February 2017: 35

March 2017: 85

April 2017: 55

May 2017: 62

June 2017: 57

July 2017: 61

August 2017: 57


*The overdoses number includes all calls reported to dispatch as any kind of “overdose” or “OD”. This may include opioid drugs, non-opioid drugs, alcohol, or any other substance upon which one can overdose.

“These are metrics that we at Emergency Services watch from month-to-month, because they have a direct connection to the opioid crisis,” said Raymond Serowik, Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, “We feel that they are a sensitive and immediately-available barometer of how severe the overdose problem may have been in any given month, as compared with other months.”

In addition, Broome County is currently tracking fatal and non-fatal overdoses in real-time with a secured application developed by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program. The Overdose Detection Mapping Application (ODMAP) provides real-time overdoses surveillance data to help public safety and public health officials effectively respond to an overdose spike and identify surges and areas of immediate concern. The county launched the application in July.



Law enforcement agencies across Broome County are reporting overdose information to dispatchers. The data is then entered into the application. This includes if the incident is fatal or non-fatal and the number of doses of Naloxone administered on scene. The data is then submitted to a central database and mapped to an approximate location.


Data is currently being tracked in the ODMAP system and monitored by HIDTA and Broome County officials to develop a threshold. When that is complete, Broome County will be able to release public health alerts, when necessary.



09/06/2017 - 3:00pm