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8 overdose deaths so far in Broome County this year

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell on Tuesday released overdose drug death data for January 1 through March 31, 2018.

According to Cornwell, eight deaths during that time period have been confirmed in Broome County.

He says while the number is eight too many, it's lower than the first quarter of 2017 which saw 22 overdose deaths.The first quarter of 2016 saw 23 overdose deaths.  

Cornwell's office released the following data related to the eight deaths:

  • 5 male, 3 female
  • Average age: 39
  • 5 in the City of Binghamton
  • 3 in the Town of Union
  • 6 attributed to opioids and/or heroin
  • 2 attributed to other drugs

"Losing even one life, to a drug overdose, is too many," District Attorney Steve Cornwell said in a statement. "But as Broome County continues to work together, on treatment and life-saving initiatives, fewer lives are being lost to drugs in our community."

Authorities say Cornwell and Overdose Death Investigator Jeffrey Wagner reviewed death certificates, police reports, coroner's reports, and toxicology reports, interviewed addicts and family members of those who died and coordinated with police agencies who responded to overdose deaths. 

That process is part of the district attorney's office ongoing investigation into overdose deaths in Broome County. 

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