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Steuben County sees decline in overdoses; authorities encourage NARCAN availability

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The month of September witnessed a drop in reported overdose cases in Steuben County compared to earlier months this year, as revealed by the Steuben County Public Health Department.

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Out of the 24 overdoses reported last month, one proved fatal, three cases involved the administration of Narcan, and four were suspected to be caused by opioids.

The specific cause remained unidentified for five incidents, while 15 were believed to result from other substances. From April through July, overdose reports had surged, with the numbers peaking at 42 in June, but this upward trajectory changed in August, followed by a slight uptick in September.

Public Health Director Darlene Smith regarded the reduced overdose and fatality numbers in recent months as a “promising” development. Smith urged individuals acquainted with opioid users or those consuming opioids themselves to keep Narcan at hand. The county offers online Narcan training, and kits are distributed across the county. For in-person training or immediate assistance with addiction, locals can approach the Steuben Prevention Coalition’s Opioid Committee, Steuben Public Health, or call the provided helplines.