Sheriff’s captain on overdoses in Saratoga County: ‘I can’t keep up’

Sheriff’s Captain on overdoses: “I can’t keep up”

Alarming new information on the war on drugs in the capital region: a captain with the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office whose job is to track drug usage says he can't keep up the overwhelming number of overdoses.

A captain with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office – whose job is to track drug usage – says he can’t keep up the overwhelming number of overdoses.

“It’s huge. I keep track of every single overdose and I log it into an overdose mapping program. When I say I can’t keep up, I’m not kidding. I can’t keep up,” Captain Dan Morley said.

Opioids cause the most overdoses in Saratoga County, followed by heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine.

Captain Morley with the sheriff’s office said it doesn’t seem to stop or go away.

“I will tell you it’s widespread. It’s very widespread.”

There were 727 overdoses that hit Saratoga County last year. That averages out to almost two overdoses a day. Thirty-nine of them were deadly.

Cannabis is also a problem. In just the last month, the sheriff’s office arrested these 13 people who were illegally selling marijuana and other substances in an open-air market, that works similarly to a flea market.

Morley said a man was also arrested for allegedly selling cannabis to minors and flavored vapes, which are illegal in New York.

“What I would emphasize is when you’re buying something, you have absolutely no idea what’s in it. You’re playing Russian Roulette every time you pick one of them up and adjust the contents of it,” he said.

“That’s the real scary part of this,” Phil Barrett, the chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, said.

He said they hear the same thing over and over again.

“How many times have our Department of Health professionals heard from somebody, ‘Well, I bought it from a friend. He wouldn’t do anything to hurt me.’ ‘Well, where did your friend get it?’ And I’m sure your friend doesn’t mean to hurt you, but where did they get it? They don’t know the source of where it came from.”

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