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Auburn unveils new opioid treatment facility amid overdose epidemic

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In an effort to combat the escalating overdose crisis, the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) announced the inauguration of a new Opioid Treatment Program in Auburn. Managed by Farnham Family Services, the program offers comprehensive addiction services, including medical evaluations, methadone treatments, counseling, and peer support. The state has allocated $200,000 towards the establishment of this program.

Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, OASAS Commissioner, emphasized the significance of expanding such services. “In the face of the most severe overdose epidemic we’ve ever encountered, enhancing the reach of these services is paramount,” she noted. Many in the Auburn area, previously traveling over an hour for methadone treatments, will now benefit from drastically reduced commute times.

The facility’s launch aligns with a broader strategy to augment Opioid Treatment Program accessibility in previously underserved regions across New York State. As part of this initiative, two more programs will each receive $200,000 for similar establishments, financed through the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant.

Located at 13 Chapel Street in Auburn, the program stands as a testament to collaborations between several organizations. Eric Bresee, Executive Director of Farnham Family Services, expressed gratitude towards the various agencies and entities, including OASAS and Cayuga County Mental Hygiene, for their unwavering support. New Yorkers seeking help with addiction are encouraged to utilize the state’s HOPEline or the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard.