'I'm Dope without Dope' campaign speaks to community

By Anna Norris

August 17, 2014 Updated Aug 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As heroin addiction increases in the area, a group in Broome County has formed a campaign called "I'm Dope without Dope."

Its goal is to raise awareness in the Southern Tier.

On Sunday afternoon, Binghamton Police hosted the event at Cheri Lindsey Park.

There was free food, music and guest speakers. The speakers gave testimonies on the damage heroin does and why it is such a problem in Broome County.

"We're trying to give the community some awareness, some knowledge about heroin, seeing how it's been an overpowering plague in our community" said Joeseph Gonzalez, Co-Founder of "I'm Dope Without Dope."

Binghamton Police Captain Chris Bracco said he's pushing for a task force to tackle the heroin problem in the county.

"I come in at 10 o'clock at night and I see arrestee after arrestee lined up in our booking area, and probably within an hour, they've got a ticket in their pocket and they're out the door," said Bracco.

Last year, more than 30 deaths were connected to heroin and opiate overdoses in the county. Police said many of the recent robberies in the area are related to drug addiction.

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