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DA Cornwell: 66 Broome County drug overdose deaths in 2017

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(WBNG) -- Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell has released the total number of drug overdose deaths that occurred in Broome County throughout 2017.

According to Cornwell, there have been 66 confirmed overdose deaths in Broome County, down from 76 drug overdose deaths in 2016.

Cornwell notes there were nine overdose deaths in the final quarter of 2017, with 57 during the first three quarters of the year.

Cornwell's office also released the following statistics on the overdose deaths:

  • Average age: 40
  • Number by Gender: Male: 41 (62%); Female: 25 (38%)
  • Attributed to heroin or opioids: 62 (94%); Other drugs: 4 (6%)
  • 30% in the City of Binghamton; 12% in Johnson City; 9% in Endicott; and 49% outside the city and villages
  • Most deaths: February (11); March (9); May (8); and June (8)

Death certificates, police and coroner reports, toxicology reports, interviews with addicts and family members of the deceased were all utilized in compiling the data, according to the District Attorney's Office.

“Our plan for 2018 is to continue working with treatment providers to get drug users into treatment programs, and increase our investigative efforts both internally and externally, by working with neighboring counties and downstate agencies on intelligence sharing,” Cornwell said in a news release. “As we attack the drug epidemic from all sides, supply and demand, and balance treatment with aggressive prosecution, we will continue making progress and save more lives.”

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