Earlier this week a joint-statement from law enforcement leaders in Cayuga County outlined concerns with drug-related deaths.
While they pointed to an investigation, there had already been a handful of deaths due to overdose in an eight day span.
Now, there have been even more.
Sheriff Brian Schenck says there have been five overdose deaths in the last two weeks. He contends that loneliness from the economic shutdown a driving force.
That’s why local law enforcement is asking the public to reach out to those who may be struggling. A connection can go a long way to preventing a tragedy.
“Understandably, this is a very tough time for us all, with many of us feeling extremely isolated and alone. We are asking for the community’s help, not only with passing this information along, but also to attempt to prevent further loss of life,” a statement from Schenck, Auburn Police Chief Shawn Butler, Cayuga County Coroner Dr. Adam Duckett, and Joe Campagnola of Nick’s Ride 4 Friends said. “If you have a family member or friend suffering from addiction, reach out to them. See how they are doing and if they need any help.”
Resources listed below:
– Conﬁdential Help for Drugs and Alcohol. Addiction services. Taking new patients, also able to do video visits and phone visits. 315-253-9786.
– Syracuse Recovery Services. Addiction services. Taking new patients, also able to do video visits and phone visits. 315-282-5351.
– Nick’s Ride 4 Friends. Addiction peer services. Contact Joel at 315-246-6485 for more information.
– East Hill Medical Center. Providing primary care services, including Adult Medicine, Pediatrics, and Behavior Health. Taking new patients, oﬀering video and telephone visits. 315-253-8477.
– Cayuga Counseling Services. Behavior Health Services. Taking new patients, also able to do video and telephone visits. 315-253-9795.
– Cayuga County Mental Health. Behavior Health Services. Taking new patients, also able to do video and telephone visits. 315-253-0341.