ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — The opioid crisis has been around since the early 90’s, and it’s still a big issue today. When the pandemic hit over a year ago, this ongoing health crisis only got worse.
“It added to the anxiety, it added to the loneliness of it as you will and the inability for people to gather so the ability to enhance their addiction which has been a bad thing.” – Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive
Earlier this week the county launched an opioid dashboard. This year they’ve reported 88 overdoses and 18 fatalities. Sheriff Robert Maciol, who’s a member of the Opioid Task Force, says they’ve been working with the county and the DA’s office combat the crisis.
“We’ve obviously got our road patrol deputies. They’re dealing with the overdose issue firsthand in our community. Then on the jail side of our operations, our corrections staff, our medical staff and mental health staff inside the facility are dealing with that as inmates come in through admissions.” – Sheriff Robert Maciol, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office
Picente adds that the overdoses have decreased since the beginning of year but the crisis isn’t over yet.
“The numbers are still not with not where we ant them to be which is much lower.” – Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive
The opioid dashboard can be found on their website.