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.
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.