BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – County officials say hundreds of narcan kits have been distributed in Broome County following an overdose state of emergency declaration.
The declaration was put in place in late March. Officials gathered Wednesday afternoon at the George Harvey Justice Building in downtown Binghamton.
According to Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell, there have been 12 confirmed overdose deaths in March and one in April.
Broome County Health Department Director Rebecca Kaufman says 200 narcan kits were sent to Broome County by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to be used for local training.
Narcan training sessions are being held at many community organizations, including the Broome County Library and Broome County Bus Station, Kaufman said.
Kaufman added that Broome County agencies, hospitals, churches, and schools have reached out to the health department to have its personnel trained on how to use narcan.
The Broome County Office of Emergency Services has been coordinating information and resources to agencies, including getting training and narcan kits to those agencies, according to the department’s director Michael Ponticello.
Cornwell also explained that they have directed local law enforcement to test all drugs found at any scene in order to try to create a “fingerprint” of what drug or drugs in the area contain fentanyl. He explained toxicology results normally take months to come back, but soon will be able to be obtained within days.
12 News carried the entire press conference on Facebook. That video can be viewed below: