JUNE 14, 2022– OVERDOSE SPIKE ALERT ACTIVATED– PLEASE SHARE

JUNE 14, 2022– FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE– PLEASE SHARE
An overdose spike alert has been issued for Columbia County NY.
Several overdoses have occurred in the last 24 hours.
BE VIGILANT. This could be indicative of a contaminated drug supply. Overdoses have occurred in the past for people using crack, cocaine, and other substances besides opiates including pressed pills that are made to look like a genuine pill but contain deadly fentanyl instead.
Use safely and always assume your supply is contaminated.
If you or a loved one is in active addiction, you are encouraged to take the following precautions:
**If you use, use safely by using less than usual or seek help for your addiction
**Test your supply with Fentanyl Test Strips– available by testing TESTSTRIPS to 77948
**If you do use, you can call the Never Use Alone Hotline and someone will stay on the phone with you. NO JUDGEMENT, NO SHAMING! Call (800)997-2280
**Have access to Narcan– text NARCAN KIT to 21000 to request it
**Let a friend or loved one know where you are at all times
**If you are in Columbia & Greene County and need Narcan or fentanyl test strips please text NARCANKIT to 21000 or TESTSTRIPS to 77948 and a Greener Pathways Peer advocate will connect with you to get you Narcan or strips. You may remain anonymous if you wish.
If someone you know experiences an overdose call 911 immediately. You can be protected by the Good Samaritan Law.
Help is available by calling:
Greener Pathways at 518-297-4500 or text to 518-822-7437,
Twin County Recovery Services Greene Clinic at 518-943-2036,
Columbia Clinic at 518-828-9300,
Columbia County Mental Health Center at 518-828-9446,
Greene County Mental Health Center at 518-622-9163,
Mobile Crisis Assessment Team at 518-943-5555,
Columbia Greene County Pathways to Recovery Helpline at 877-467-3365,
Youth Clubhouses of Columbia & Greene County at 518-491-2432.
In an emergency, Call 911. Minutes matter in an overdose and you can save a life.