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[This section last updated August 29, 2018]

Overdoses and admissions to treatment programs

Drug Related Deaths

  • Tompkins County Medical Examiner (7/27/18) (PDF). Also see chart below.  Source: Tompkins County Medical Examiner. Please note: Overdose deaths may include overdose deaths due to pharmaceutically and illicitly produced naturally-occurring, semi-synthetic, and synthetic drugs.
     Chart showing the number of drug related deaths trend 2007-2017 in Tompkins Couonty
    Data Table Overdose deaths from any drug by county CNY and Southern Tier 2013-2015
  • Overdose Deaths involving any drug by County.
    Table compares rates for all NYS counties. Click the county name for trend data. Rates are per 100K pop. Source: 2013-2015 Vital Statistics Data as of May 2017. Link opens to a page on NYSDOH site.
  • Overdose Deaths Related to Opioids by County.
    Additional tables on the NYSDOH site. Options include OD deaths involving any opioid, involving heroin, involving opioid pain reliever, involving methadone. Click here for About opioid death data. Links open pages on the NYSDOH site

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FAQ

  1. How does Tompkins County compare to the rest of the State in the number of deaths due to overdose?
  2. Is there anything that can help a person who is experiencing an overdose?
  3. Where can I get trained to use Narcan?
  4. How do I get treatment?
  5. How do I help someone in need of treatment /counseling?
  6. What is a Supervised Injection Facility (SIF)?
  7. Is there going to be a detox center in Ithaca?
  8. Where is the nearest detox center?


  1. How does Tompkins County compare to the rest of the State in the number of deaths due to overdose?
    • Similar to many counties around the State, Tompkins County has seen an increase in the number of deaths due to overdose in our population. Click the "62-County Report" above. Or click here for links to the NYS County Opioid Quarterly Report and other PDF documents that have comparisons among other counties in our region and around the State. These numbers will continue to be updated.
  2. Is there anything that can help a person who is experiencing an overdose?
    • Yes, Naloxone or Narcan, is a drug used for complete or partial reversal of overdoses from opioids such as heroin and many prescribed pain relief medications.
  3. Where can I get trained to use Narcan?
    • Contact Alcohol and Drug Council: Opioid Overdose Prevention Training, 607-274-6288
    • Contact Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP): Opioid Overdose Prevention Program
    • Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services (CARS) provides Narcan training by request. Clients and community members can call to schedule a training session with Jennifer Maine, CQI by contacting her directly at 607-273-5500 X: 1002
    • Naloxone Co-Payment Assistance Program: Individuals who are themselves at risk for an overdose or their family members or friends may acquire naloxone (narcan) in participating pharmacies without bringing in a prescription, with little to no out of pocket cost. Find out more here.
  4. How do I get treatment?
    • Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County is a non-profit agency which provides information, education, counseling and referral services for area residents and organizations. Visit their website or call: 607-274-6288
    • CARS offers Open Access Monday thru Thursday from 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Clients need only to bring an insurance card, if they have one. Visit their website or call: 607-273-5500.
    • Call Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service, Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 (TALK)
  5. How do I help someone in need of treatment /counseling?
    • Call 911 for emergency services.
    • Call Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service, Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 (TALK)
    • Ithaca Community Recovery is a non-profit organization that provides a meeting and activity space for Ithaca’s recovering community. They host a variety of meetings, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon Meetings, Narcotics Anonymous, and more. See their website for schedules.
    • If you have a family member or friend who is in need of treatment and/or counseling, contact Alcohol & Drug Council or CARS.
    • The REACH Project is a non-profit organization and operates as a low threshold, harm reduction medical practice in Ithaca. Reach Medical offers a wide range of services including: opioid replacement therapy, medical cannabis certification, Hep C treatment, primary care and behavioral services, in a stigma-free, inclusive setting. Call today to make an appointment at 607-273-7000. REACH Project Facebook page.
  6. What is a Supervised Injection Facility (SIF)?
    • Supervised injection rooms are legally sanctioned facilities where people who use intravenous drugs can inject pre-obtained drugs under medical supervision. Supervised injection facilities are designed to reduce the health and societal problems associated with injection drug use. (Source: Drug Policy Alliance)
    • Read more about SIFs from the Tompkins County Medical Director’s report/presentation.
  7. Is there going to be a detox center in Ithaca?
  8. Where is the nearest detox center?
    • Syracuse, NY — Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare, Willows Detox
    • Bath, NY — Loyola Recovery Foundation
    • SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357 (HELP). The Helpline provides free and confidential information in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The website also has a location finder for the nearest treatment services based on the zip code entered. Learn more here: FindTreatment.SAMHSA.gov/

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Emerging Issues

Supervised Injection Facilities (SIFs) 


Resources

Emergency

  • Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service, Crisis Line, 800-273-8255 (TALK), offers free and confidential crisis counseling, available 24/7.

Prevention

  • Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County is a non-profit agency which provides information, education, counseling and referral services for area residents and organizations. Home page, 607-274-6288
    • Opioid Overdose Prevention Training (Narcan), 607-274-6288. The Council is approved to provide this training and to dispense Naloxone to non-medical persons.  Naloxone is a prescription medicine that reverses an overdose by blocking heroin (or other opioids) in the brain for 30 to 90 minutes.
  • Sharps Collection and Disposal Sites in Tompkins County
  • Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP): provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in the Southern Tier of NY. They provide the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, which provides individuals with training, a Naloxone kit, and a prescription to be able to carry and dispense this potentially life-saving medication.
  • Mental Health Association in Tompkins County, home page, was established in 1954, to address mental health needs in the Ithaca community.
    • The Jenkins Center for Hope and Recovery is a drop-in center for those who use or have used mental health services. The Jenkins Center provides a safe environment where mental health consumers can relax, have fun with peers, and share information and support.

Treatment

  • Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services (CARS) Home page, 607-273-5500. CARS offers Open Access Monday thru Thursday from 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Clients need only to bring an insurance card, if they have one.
  • Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County is a non-profit agency which provides information, education, counseling and referral services for area residents and organizations. Home page, 607-274-6288
  • The REACH Project, 607-273-7000. A non-profit operating as a low threshold, harm reduction medical practice in Ithaca. Reach Medical offers a wide range of services including: opioid replacement therapy, medical cannabis certification, Hep C treatment, primary care and behavioral services, in a stigma-free, inclusive setting.

Recovery

  • Ithaca Community Recovery, A non-profit organization that provides a meeting and activity space for Ithaca’s recovering community. They host a variety of meetings, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon Meetings, Narcotics Anonymous, and more. See their website for schedules.
  • Mental Health Association in Tompkins County, home page, was established in 1954, to address mental health needs in the Ithaca community.
    • The Jenkins Center for Hope and Recovery is a drop-in center for those who use or have used mental health services. The Jenkins Center provides a safe environment where mental health consumers can relax, have fun with peers, and share information and support.

Suicide Prevention

  • Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service, offers free and confidential crisis counseling. The Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 800-273-8255 (800-273-TALK).
  • The Sophie Fund, Inc., a nonprofit charitable corporation established in 2017 to support mental health initiatives aiding young people in greater Ithaca and Tompkins County. It supports programs and projects; raises awareness and fights the stigma around mental illness and treatment; advances a “zero suicide” ethos in the community; and serves as a community advocate for young people struggling with mental illness. 

National

  • SAMHSA National Helpline FindTreatment.SAMHSA.gov/, 1-800-662-4357 (HELP). The Helpline provides free and confidential information in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The website also has a location finder for the nearest treatment services based on the zip code entered.

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Videos

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Safe Injection Facility presentation to TC HHS Committee- 10/16/2017 from Tompkins County Government on Vimeo.


Health and Human Services - 12/18/2017 - complete from Tompkins County Government on Vimeo.


Opioid Epidemic - 1/4/2018 from Tompkins County Government on Vimeo.


The Caring Community: Ithaca and the Movement for Supervised Injection Facilities

The Caring Community is a short documentary film that tells Ithaca’s story through the words of people who use drugs, elected and law enforcement officials, and healthcare providers. The Caring Community was made by Taeko Frost and Matt Curtis through the nonprofit Sawbuck Films group with generous support from the Henry van Ameringen Foundation and the Drug Policy Alliance. View it below or on YouTube.

The Caring Community: Ithaca and the Movement for Supervised Injection Facilities

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