** NEW 08/04/2020 ** OVERDOSE SPIKE ALERT ISSUED **
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – PLEASE SHARE
We have seen a spike in the number of overdoses in Columbia County in the last 24 hours. If you or a loved one is in active addiction, you are encouraged to take the following precautions:
••If you do use, use safely or seek help for your addiction
•• Have access to Narcan
•• Let a friend or loved one know where you are
** If you need Narcan or fentanyl test strips please text NARCANKIT to 21000 and a Greener Pathways Peer advocate will connect with you to get you Narcan or strips.
If someone you know experiences an overdose call 911 immediately. You can be protected by the Good Samaritan Law.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to the normal operating procedures of health and human services agencies.
Unfortunately, the necessity for overdose prevention and response has not abated during the pandemic. Please be aware that the substance use community faces increased risk as support services shutter or slow down operations, hospitals face severely increased caseloads, and people who use drugs are asked to socially distance from their support or safety groups.
Help is available by calling Greener Pathways at 518-822-7437 or Columbia County Pathways To Recovery at 877-467-3365. In an emergency, call 911. Minutes matter in an overdose and you can save a life.