Spike Alert April 21, 2020

For Immediate Release:

April 21, 2020

Important message from the Columbia County Department of Health:

Columbia County is in its 2nd Opioid Overdose Spike since the beginning of the NY on PAUSE social distancing order. In all, Columbia County has seen 19 overdoses since March 1st.

It is likely that this dramatic uptick is connected to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation/postponement of events, holidays, and closing of schools and many workplaces. This incredible reduction in human physical contact that is saving the public’s health is also putting those in active addiction and those in recovery at risk.

In these trying times, reach out to those you know who struggle.

Human interaction does not have to mean physical contact. Continue to stay home, but make it a point to call, video chat, text message your loved ones at least a few times a day. Being stuck at home is a perfect time to cultivate supportive relationships in your life, eat well, practice mindfulness, get in some exercise, and get good, quality sleep.

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
• • 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.

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.