Editor’s Note: The Ithaca Voice is attempting to reach family members of people who have overdosed in Tompkins County recently. If you or someone you know has overdosed, please contact Reporter Jolene Almendarez at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com or 210-550-0087.

The following is a republished press release from the Ithaca Police Department and NOT written by The Ithaca Voice. 

Over the last two weeks the Ithaca Police Department has responded to eight calls for service involving people suspected of having overdosed on heroin, including one death where the possibility that the person overdosed on heroin is being explored.

The IPD is exploring the possibility that these overdoses are related; however it is too early to draw any conclusions.

A message from Chief of Police John R. Barber: “If you are addicted to heroin or if you know someone is addicted to heroin, please reach out for help. There are a multitude of addiction recovery services in the Ithaca area that can and will help you. If you have information that would aid police in investigating the sale or use of heroin please contact the Ithaca Police Department.”

Feature photo: Ithaca police respond to a report of an overdose Monday morning, one of eight reported overdoses within two weeks. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice


The Southern Tier AIDS Program is a resource center that, among other services, provides help to people seeking assistance combatting substance abuse. The organization is located at 314 W. State St. and can be contacted at 607-272-4098.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.