Updated: August 22, 2020 02:57 PM
Created: August 22, 2020 02:52 PM
According to the Columbia County Department of Health, there has been a spike in the number of overdoses in the county in the last 24 hours.
Officials encourage residents to take the following precautions if you or a loved one is in active addiction:
•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.
Narcan or fentanyl test strips can be received by texting NARCANKIT to 21000 and a Greener Pathways Peer advocate will connect with you.
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 according to officials.
The Columbia County Department of Health asks residents to 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.
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