Broome County lifts fentanyl State of Emergency


Broome County has lifted its nearly month-old fentanyl State of Emergency citing a return to pre-emergency overdose death levels.

County Executive Jason Garnar issued the original declaration on March 27th in response to a spike in OD deaths in March.

Officials reported 12 fatalities, up from 3 each in January and February, and 6 over a 10-day span.

Many were believed to be the result of cocaine that was laced with the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Advocates say, users of cocaine, which is a stimulant, often have a much lower tolerance to fentanyl than opioid users making them more susceptible to an overdose.

Garnar says that during the State of Emergency, the county established a Drug Overdose Response Team that will continue to monitor OD deaths.

In the event of another spike, it will implement appropriate strategies in the areas of education and training, harm reduction, intervention, law enforcement, and public information.

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