The Broome County Health Department reports an increase in drug overdoses in the first three months of this year compared to numbers in 2021.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

There have been 21 suspected fatal overdoses and 147 reported non-fatal overdoses in the first three months of this year while, the Health Department says, in 2021 there was a total of 54 suspected fatal overdoses and 516 reported non-fatal overdoses.

The Broome Opioid Awareness Council (BOAC) is again urging those with a substance use disorder to practice harm reduction strategies, do not use alone, have a fentanyl test kit and a Narcan overdose reversal kit available and, if anyone is on the scene of an overdose to call 911 immediately.

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Officials are urging anyone who has a problem or knows someone with a substance use disorder to reach out to take advantage of resources that are available for treatment, prevention and support.

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