Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand, Brindisi Announce Over $238K In Federal Funding To Help Combat The Opioid Epidemic In The Southern Tier

Nov 25, 2019

Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22) today announced $238,083 in federal funding for the Addiction Center of Broome County in Binghamton to mitigate opioid addiction and abuse. The funding was allocated by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and will be used to evaluate community-based efforts to address the opioid epidemic and support collaboration between local law enforcement and public health agencies as they respond to opioid addiction and abuse.

“The opioid epidemic in the Southern Tier is a symptom of this national emergency, and we need to fight back now. With this vital funding, the Addiction Center of Broome County can further the hard work of prevention and treatment,” said Senator Schumer. “I am proud to announce this critical funding and will continue working to help ensure that Southern Tier communities have the resources they need to make a difference in this fight.”

“With communities across New York working tirelessly to combat the opioid epidemic, this federal funding for the Addiction Center of Broome County will help provide much-needed support for families in the Southern Tier who have been hurt by this crisis,” said Senator Gillibrand. “The opioid epidemic has torn families apart, and we need to be doing everything possible to make sure our communities have the resources to end the opioid crisis once and for all. ”

“We’ve seen too many families in our region be torn apart by opioid addiction. These important dollars will help the Southern Tier continue to fight back against this epidemic. We need to work together, as Democrats and Republicans, to ensure we have the needed research, enforcement, and treatment resources to end this heartbreak,” said Congressman Brindisi.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy awarded this funding through its Combating Opioid Overdose through Community-Level Intervention (COOCLI) grant program, which supports new initiatives to end the opioid epidemic that go beyond traditional health and law enforcement policies.