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Legislature Formally Voices Support for Regional Detox Center

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Legislature Formally Voices Support for Regional Detox Center

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislators Rich John and Glenn Morey were excused), passed a resolution of support for development of a regional open access medically-supervised withdrawal (detox) stabilization center in Tompkins County, as advanced by the Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County. The resolution notes, in part, that 12% of state residents over the age of 11 have suffered from a substance use disorder, that, from 2015 to 2016, opioid deaths in New York State were reported to have increased by 29% and the death rate from drug overdose in Tompkins County reported to have increased by 50%.

The Tompkins County Legislature “recognizes the urgency in addressing the substance use disorder crisis in the United States, New York State, and in Tompkins County,” the resolution states, and “supports initiatives and opportunities to support Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County in the [regional detox center’s] development,” the resolution states.