Drug Use in Upstate New York: Strategies for Change and Reducing the Harms

Binghamton, NY

While drug use has long affected all communities across New York, most of our drug policy, education, and treatment services have focused on urban areas. As rates of opioid overdose continue to climb in suburban and rural areas, communities need strategies for addressing drug use that take into account their unique settings and challenges.

Binghamton University and the Drug Policy Alliance co-hosted a one-day conference and strategy session to bring stakeholders from Central New York and the Southern Tier together to learn from experts and from each other. The program included an overview of the problems surrounding drug use in Central New York and the Southern Tier, best practices for reducing the harms associated with drug use in non-urban areas, strategies for moving local policy change forward, and the role of the criminal justice system. Participants had the opportunity to work in small, regional groups to develop local strategies and concrete plans for helping people who use drugs in their community.

View the program (PDF)

Photos from the event by Erik McGregor


Drug Policy Alliance
Binghamton University’s Institute of Justice and Well-Being


John & Laura Arnold


Addiction Center of Broome County
Alliance of Families for Justice
Harm Reduction Coalition
JustLeadership USA
Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier
Katal Center
Law Enforcement Action Partnership
NEXT Distro
REACH Medical
Southern Tier AIDS Program
Students for Sensible Drug Policy – Binghamton University Chapter
Truth Pharm