(WBNG) -- Broome County Executive Jason Garnar has declared a public health emergency.
Tuesday, Garnar addressed the opioid epidemic and his plan to prevent drugs overdoses. According to the Broome County District Attorney's office, 76 people died of an overdose in 2016.
Going forward, Garnar says he plans to have all levels of government, local organizations and community groups collaborate on how to prevent overdoses and treat addiction.
"This is an epidemic that has touched everyone's lives in Broome County," Garnar said Tuesday. "Everyone knows somebody that has been affected by this. Many of us have family members, myself included, that have gone through this."
Broome County Health Director Rebecca Kaufman has been appointed the head of the Broome Opioid Abuse Council. Binghamton Mayor Rich David along with members of Senator Fred Akshar's office have also been added to BOAC.