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An important message about fatal drug overdoses in Broome County

A state of emergency in Broome County due to non-fatal and fatal drug overdoses has been declared by County Executive Jason Garner after six overdose deaths occurred in 10 days. A total of 10 drug-related deaths have occurred to date in our county in the month of March. Investigators suspect that fentanyl, a powerful, synthetic opioid analgesic 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, is to blame. Be aware of the presence of this dangerous drug situation in the greater Binghamton community.

Fentanyl facts:

  • Fentanyl is a powerful, synthetic opioid analgesic similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more potent that can be added to illegal drugs without an individual's knowledge.
  • Fentanyl is sold in many forms, including powders, lozenges, nasal sprays or tablets that resemble prescription opioids or small candies.
  • Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are the most common drugs involved in non-fatal and fatal overdoses.
  • Fentanyl's high potency greatly increases the risk of overdose, especially if a person who uses drugs is unaware that fentanyl has been added to the drugs being used. Individuals can underestimate the dose of opioids they are taking, resulting in overdose.
  • Naloxone (Narcan) is a medication that can be given to a person to reverse a fentanyl or opioid overdose. Multiple naloxone doses might be necessary due to fentanyl's potency. Bystanders witnessing potential overdoses should call for emergency response by dialing 911 or, if on campus, by calling Harpur's Ferry at 607-777-3333. Due to the Good Samaritan Law in New York state, bystanders who call emergency services will not be penalized for opioid-related crimes.

Access to Narcan education and kits within the community:

  • Visit your local pharmacy and use the Naloxone Co-payment Assistance Program (N-CAP), which will cover up to $40 if a copay is due at all. No prescription from a medical provider is needed – just ask your pharmacist for naloxone (Narcan). Call your pharmacy ahead to ensure availability.
  • If a copay is due and is a barrier to purchase at the pharmacy, visit a local Opioid Overdose Prevention Program and receive a free kit after a brief training.
  • Walk-in hours for a Narcan kit and education are also available at:

Contact these agencies directly for hours and availability.

Students and members of the community are encouraged to take advantage of the many campus and local resources available for dealing with opioid use disorder. Find a list of resources on the Health Promotion and Prevention Services website.

B-careful, make smart choices, take care of each other and B-safe.


University Police Statement and Mission

The New York State University Police at Binghamton is a fully empowered state law enforcement agency. Our officers receive their basic training at the Zone 6 Municipal Police Training Academy conducted at the Broome County Sheriff's Public Safety Facility in Binghamton, NY. Our officers receive additional, on-going training addressing the needs of our campus environment.

The mission of the New York State University Police at Binghamton is to provide law enforcement services that furnish a safe environment for the campus community.

Protecting life and property, preventing and investigating crime and maintaining public order are among our top priorities. No police agency is effective without help from the community it serves. Our department's success relies in part on the involvement of the University community. We encourage all community members to become aware of crime prevention practices and to participate in our department's educational offerings.

Through a collaborative effort, we hope to make your experience at Binghamton University a safe and enjoyable one.

Emergency Alert system (B-Alert)

Binghamton University uses the RAVE messaging system to register and send B-Alert emergency emails and text messages. The system allows you to change or remove your ability to receive emergency alert notifications. All members of the campus community are encouraged to check their account.

To register, go to and click the "Register Now" button. Your username is your current Binghamton University email address.

Also be sure to check the Emergency Management website that has a wealth of information about emergency planning, response and preparation.

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Last Updated: 4/16/19