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Created On Wednesday, 08, September 2010
Modified On Wednesday, 19, May 2021

Drug Rehab Centers in Cortland County, New York

Cortland County is not one of the most populated counties of New York State. This does not unfortunately mean that it is not taken by a drug problem. What it does mean is that substance abuse programs are needed to serve those who wish to seek help. Those available in the county include residential & outpatient programs, aftercare services, programs for DUI/DWI offenders, addiction meetings, only to name a few.

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The Opioid Epidemic in Cortland County

The opioid crisis is very present in Cortland County. According to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), in 2018, there were 36 emergency department visits for opioid overdose per 100 000 population. There were also 27 doses of Naloxone administered by Emergency Medical Services. Naloxone is used as a way to block the effects of opioids, in a case where someone would be overdosing on opioids.

Youth Drug Use in Cortland County, NY

We’ve established that there is an important drug problem in Cortland County. This epidemic does not spare our youth. In a survey from Cortland Area Communities That Care (CACTC), this was proven. In a 2018 survey, it was reported that 40.8% of youth between 7 and 12th grade had used alcohol in their lives. In the same survey, it was reported that 20.7% of youth had used marijuana at least once in their lives.

Drug Prevention Programs in Cortland County

Cortland Area Communities That Care (CACTC) is also a very important partner in the fight to reduce and prevent drug use in youth. They do so by educating youth on the dangers of substance use, by providing support to those who need it, by helping change laws in effect, etc. Their main focus, at the moment, is to prevent and reduce binge drinking and the use of opioids and prescription medications in youth, as this is a growing problem throughout the nation.

Cortland County STOP-DWI

STOP-DWI is also known as the Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Impaired. They were implemented in 1981 to help reduce the number of traffic accidents caused by alcohol and other drugs that result in injury or fatality. Their program and its initiatives are funded completely by the fines that convicted drunk drivers paid.


Marcel Gemme, DATS - Author

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.