Law enforcement leaders in Cayuga County have released a joint-statement after recording a number of drug-related deaths, as the region deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our community has seen a significant increase in drug-related deaths,” the statement beings. It was a joint effort from Sheriff Brian Schenck, Auburn PD Chief Shawn Butler, Dr. Adam Duckett from the Coroners office, and Joel Campagnola, from Nick’s Ride 4 Friends. “This morning, we unfortunately report our fourth drug-related death in eight days. Understandably, this is a very tough time for us all, with many of us feeling extremely isolated and alone. We are asking for communities help, not only with passing this information along, but also to attempt to prevent further loss of life.”
The statement goes on to note that those who know others that are suffering from addiction, reach out.
“See how they are doing and if they need any help,” the statement continues. “If you are reading this and battling addiction yourself, please reach out.”
Confidential Help for Drugs & Alcohol: 315-253-9786
Syracuse Recovery Services: 315-282-5351
Nick’s Ride 4 Friends: 315-246-6485
East Hill Medical Center: 315-253-8477
Cayuga Counseling Services: 315-253-9795
Cayuga County Mental Health: 315-253-0341