The Office of National Drug Control Policy recently announced over $2 million in grants have been awarded to several programs across the United States. Broome County is one of 12 programs that were awarded funding to combat opioid overdoses through community-level intervention initiatives.
Jason Garner, Broome County Executive announced that the county would be receiving a grant worth $262,500 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. These funds will be used to expand existing programs, further medically assisted treatment programs and assist the peer response team.
According to a report by Press Connects, Jason Garner said the county is on track to cut fatal overdoses in half this year and the county is standing out from other areas across the United States. In 2016, Broome County was designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area which allows law enforcement agencies increased access to resources to combat the opioid epidemic. Since that time, the county has initiated the High Intensity Drug Traffic Area program to begin tracking overdoses in their online system which launched in mid-2017.
This program along with the effort to increase treatment and detox centers are working towards decreasing overdoses throughout the county. Additional funding received will further support these programs and agencies such as law enforcement, the Addiction Center of Broome County, Helio Health, and so on, in their work combating the opioid epidemic.