Out of County Overdose Alert

For Immediate Release:

August 13, 2020

Important message from the Columbia County Department of Health:

The Capital Region has seen a significant increase in overdoses in the last 24 hours. At the time of this release Columbia County is not in an overdose spike.

Community partners will be mobilizing mass distribution of available Narcan and Fentanyl testing strips.

If you or a loved one is in active addiction, you are encouraged to take the following precautions:

  • If you must use, use safely or seek help for your addiction
  • Have access to Narcan
  • If you need a supply of Narcan please call Greener Pathways at 518-822-7437 of text NARCANKIT to 21000
  • Let a friend or loved one know where you are

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 an 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.