Lisa McCafferty , R.S., MPH
Public Health Director


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1062 State Route 38
PO Box 120
Owego, NY 13827

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The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) provides a free in home assessment focusing on home safety.  An HNP team member can discuss areas where safety can be improved and may also supply FREE items to assist you with making your home safer!

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Tioga County Public Health Warns of Accidental Overdoses Occurring Within the County

Last Updated: 5/10/2018

It’s no surprise anymore that there is a problem with opioid addiction and overdoses in Tioga County. However, little attention is being given to address the accidental (or unintentional) overdoses that are occurring within our community.

From January to April 2018, 30 overdose-related calls were made to emergency responders in Tioga County. Of those 30 calls, 19 were accidental overdoses and 11 were related to opioid overdoses. Numbers may be lower than reality, as many overdoses go unreported.

An overdose occurs when someone consumes too much of a substance, whether it is prescription, over-the-counter, legal or illegal. Drug overdoses may be accidental or unintentional if someone has taken more than the recommended dose of a drug that results in a harmful effect on the body. Examples include a child consuming too much cough syrup, a senior taking multiple doses of their medication in a short period, or someone taking more than the recommended amount of an over-the-counter medication.

Thankfully, accidental overdoses can be prevented! Parents can protect their children by locking up medications, reading the label for correct dosage, and by disposing of medications they no longer need at Medication Drop Off locations. Tioga County Sherriff Gary Howard shares, “In the lobby of the Public Safety Building the Medication Drop Box is available 24/7. Please use it, there’s no questions asked. Just no needles or liquids.”

For those taking care of an elderly loved one, regularly check the medicine cabinet for usage patterns and timely refills. Also, bring all their medications to a pharmacist to check they work well together, including over-the-counter drugs they may also be taking. Before taking a medication, even if you have taken it before, read the label to ensure you are taking the correct dose; you may have been misusing that exact drug in the past.

Have questions? Please contact Tioga County Public Health at 607-687-8600 or check us out on Facebook! To find Medication Drop Off Locations in Tioga County please visit

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