Spike Alert April 6, 2020

SPIKE alert: We have seen a spike in the number of overdoses in Columbia County. 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 to arrange 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.

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.