Preventing Substance Abuse

  • What is an Opioid?
  • Opioid are a class of drugs that act as important pain medications, providing relief for acute or chronic pain. Because opioids work in the brain to reduce pain and can also produce feelings of relaxation and euphoria, they are often misused. Common types of opioids are oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid pain reliever, and heroin, an illegal opioid.

Understanding the Epidemic:

Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States.

  • From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 people have died from a drug overdose.
  • Around 68% of the more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017 involved an opioid.
  • In 2017, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl) was 6 times higher than in 1999.
  • On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.1


Content source: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionNational Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Delaware County Public Health:

In August of 2018, Delaware County received a grant for $75,000 to address the opioid epidemic within our county. The goal is to ensure that Delaware County and its surrounding partners work together to reduce opioid, heroin, and other substance use addiction, prevent overdose deaths, and improve quality of life in our community. Increasing access to naloxone and buprenorphine, increasing linkages to health services through harm reduction initiatives, and improving upon data collection are overall goals for the application of the funding in Delaware County. In 2018, we began planning the implementation of these goals for the 2019 year including planning 2 buprenorphine waiver trainings and naloxone trainings, attending various programs raising community awareness about the opioid crisis, and coordinating with agencies on how to best collect data- specifically ODMaps. In 2019, Delaware County was refunded for an additional 3 years at $72,000 per year, focusing on enhancing community education, promoting prevention, enabling established support networks by increasing linkages to care, and maintaining the Delaware County Substance Use Prevention Task Force.

Medication Disposal

Prescription Medication Drop Box Program

Permanent drop box locations, Accepted items include unused prescription medications, medicated ointments, over-the- counter medicines and inhalers. No hazardous materials or needles.

Unused Prescription Drug Drop Box Locations In/Around Delaware County

Oneonta Police Station
81 Main St # 2
Oneonta, NY 13820

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office
Public Safety Building Lobby

280 Phoebe Lane
Delhi, NY 13753

New York State Police
Troop C – Sidney

823 State Rte 7
Unadilla, NY 13849

Village of Deposit Police Department
146 Front St
Deposit, NY 13754
Monday – Friday 8-4pm

Save a life and dispose of your unused meds properly!

Community Sharps Collection Sites

WMC Health

Margaretville Memorial Hospital
Westchester Medical Center Health Network
42084 State Hwy. 28 Margaretville, Ny 12455
Hospital Lobby
Monday – Friday
7:30am – 4pm

Bassett Healthcare Network
O’Connor Hospital
460 Andes Rd. Delhi, NY 13753
Outpatient Pharmacy and Inpatient Nursing Desk
Any day
8am – 8pm

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital
1 Titus Pl. Walton, NY 13856
Emergency Department
Any day
8am – 4pm

Bassett Healthcare Network
Tri-Town Regional Hospital
43 Pearl St., West, Sidney, NY
Hospital Pharmacy
Monday – Friday
11am – 2pm

Prevention Resources:

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County Inc.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services of Delaware County


Treatment Resources:

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services of Delaware County



Substance Use in NYS

o   Find the most up to date New York State data and information regarding opioid use and misuse at

o   2018 NYS Opioid Annual Report:

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