Two-thirds of the people who've utilized a drug treatment program in the town of Dickinson are Broome County residents.

Officials with Syracuse-based Helio Health Tuesday released information on the use of the services now provided on the old Broome Developmental Center campus.

According to the company, 385 people were admitted in the first five months after the facility opened in early April.

All of the patients were from upstate New York. 67 percent were from Broome County.

About 63 percent of the patients sought treatment for heroin use. Nearly one-quarter of those seeking assistance were dealing with alcohol-related issues.

Helio Health is continuing to seek final state approval for developing a residential treatment program at the site. Plans for the second phase of treatment are being finalized.

The state may permit the temporary use of some existing beds as "swing beds" until the next phase of treatment services can be launched.

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