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Opioid exposure scare at Watkins Glen facility leads to evacuation: Five treated at local hospital

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A medical emergency involving potential opioid exposure at the Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency (FLACRA) on South Perry Street prompted a swift response from emergency services last week.

On September 7 around 3:00 p.m., the Schuyler County 911 Center received a distress call reporting two individuals in need of medical help — one suspected of opioid complications, the other facing a diabetic crisis. Both individuals were quickly transported to Schuyler Hospital by Schuyler County Emergency Medical Services Ambulance.


Shortly after, signs of opioid exposure were evident in another individual and two facility workers. They too were taken to Schuyler Hospital for treatment. FLACRA, along with the neighboring Community Services facility, were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

To ensure safety, the Watkins Glen Fire Department and the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team inspected the premises for potential hazards but found none.

Nevertheless, a thorough decontamination of shared areas in the building was carried out by the NYSPCCERT.

All five individuals affected were treated at Schuyler Hospital and have since been discharged. The Sheriff’s Office coordinated the response efforts with assistance from various local agencies including the Watkins Glen Police Department, New York State Police, and Schuyler County Emergency Management Office.