Broome County has received reports of increased non-fatal overdoses during the past week. The Broome Opioid Awareness Council (BOAC) wants to encourage those with a substance use disorder to practice harm reduction strategies and to not use alone, have a Narcan kit available, and call 911 if you are on the site of an overdose.
Both in-person and virtual Narcan trainings are offered throughout the county. Having Narcan on site can save lives during an overdose. Community resources of free Narcan trainings are:
- The Addiction Center of Broome County: 30 State Street, Binghamton, NY, 13901. (607) 723- 7308.
- Helio Health: 249 Glenwood Road, Binghamton, NY, 13905. (607) 296-3072.
- Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP): 277 Main Street, Johnson City, NY, 13790. (607) 237-0497
- Truth Pharm: 49 Pine Street, Suite 6, Binghamton, NY, 13901. (607) 296-3016.
- United Health Services (UHS): (607) 762-2200. For UHS Addiction Medicine, call (607) 762-2901.
You can simply call, text, reach out on Facebook, or send an email and you will be connected with a staff member who will ask you a few questions and set up a training or train you on the spot. The Broome County Health Department would also like to remind those of the “Good Samaritan Law” which protects all involved when seeking assistance regarding a possible overdose.
There is also the Never Use Alone hotline- simply call 1-800-997-2280 and speak to someone judgement free. Fentanyl test strips are also available in Broome County. Community members can reach out to 2-1-1 for more information on how to get the fentanyl test strips.
BOAC would like to remind community members to sign up for the free Spike Auto Text program, which alerts community members, professionals, and loved ones via text when there is an increase in overdoses. Individuals can sign up for the anonymous pilot program by texting SPIKE to 1 (855) 963-5669 (855-9-OD-KNOW) and follow the quick and easy prompts.
For more information and where to find phone numbers, visit: http://www.gobroomecounty.com/boac.