In Response to Increase in Opioid Overdoses in CNY, Center for Family Life and Recovery Offers Services and Help

Utica, New York – In response to the State Department of Health recent warning to the public in Central New York about an alarming increase in opioid overdoses and the spike alert for Oneida County, Center for Family Life and Recovery wants to remind the public of services they have available.

According to the State Department of Health, these overdoses are likely linked to fentanyl, which is a powerful opioid that is often added to other drugs like heroin, as well as, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine and illicitly manufactured pills, including benzodiazepines and other psychostimulants like Molly and MDMA. Nearly half of all overdose deaths in New York State now involve fentanyl.

The State Department of Health is encouraging providers and the public to take advantage of new standing order, allowing New Yorkers to get naloxone without a prescription. Individuals interested can also be trained by CFLR in a brief training session on how looks for the signs of an overdose, how to administer Narcan and get a kit once trained.  The following training sessions are free and open to the public and CFLR’s EAP companies:

In-person:                           Sept. 15th 11:00am at CFLR Utica office, 502 Court St., Utica

Sept. 21st 1:30-2:30 walk-in or 3:00pm sit down class at the CLFR Rome office, 201 W. Dominick St, Rome

Virtual Drop in:                 Sept. 21st at 11:00am (find the zoom link here: or call 315.733.1709 for the link)

Additionally, CLFR has several other services to help prevent overdose, to help families affected by addiction, and assist those in active addiction to seek help and recovery services. Center for Family Life and Recovery’s vision is to be a leader in creating a world where people have the power to achieve and celebrate recovery. To learn more about our services, visit or call 315.733.1709.

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. is proud to be the area’s leading expert in advocacy, prevention, counseling, and employee assistance programs. Along with supporting individuals and families struggling with addiction and recovery, mental health, and behavioral issues, CFLR’s goal is to inspire hope, provide help, promote wellness and transform lives. To learn more, visit



Posted by Jenn Beach Brillante