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Spike seen in Erie County overdoses

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Fri, Aug 14th 2020 04:00 pm

At least 12 overdoses in Erie County in past 24 hours

Erie County Department of Health warns fentanyl and cocaine can kill; carry Narcan

The Erie County Department of Health has learned of at least 12 non-fatal overdoses within Erie County in the past 24 hours.

So far in 2020, there have been 58 confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths, and another 133 cases are pending. Given this increase over the numbers from the past three years, ECDOH is reminding every single Erie County resident to stay safe and carry Narcan, stating, “You can save a life.”

See the links below for resources and support (Per ECDOH):

√ Carry Narcan. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use disorder, make sure you carry Narcan (naloxone) at all times. Narcan is available for free from the Erie County Department of Health. Call 716-858-7695 and we will give you Narcan, no questions asked.

Free Narcan kits are available from ECDOH staff outreach events throughout the county; weekly from 4-7 p.m. Thursdays at the St. John Kanty Church parking lot in Buffalo; and at our upcoming health fair in Depew on Aug. 22.

Free emergency Narcan boxes are available for businesses and organizations to install in accessible areas in their facility. ECDOH will resupply these boxes with free Narcan kits as needed.

√ Text for Narcan. This spring, ECDOH put in place a “Text for Narcan” program to expand access to free Narcan kits. Erie County residents can text 716-225-5473 and we will provide you with Narcan, no questions asked.

√ Never use alone. Call 800-484-3731 for a confidential service that will stay on the line with you, and call 911 for you if you do not respond. This is also available as a phone app (www.neverusealone.com).

√ Seek help. If you are seeking help, the Buffalo and Erie County Crisis Services addiction hotline is available 24/7 at 716-831-7007. You can also walk into any hospital emergency room and enroll in “Buffalo MATTERS” to access MAT (medication assisted treatment) on the spot if medically eligible.

√ Get trained. And, as in-person Narcan use trainings have been disrupted this year, ECDOH has produced a short video on “How to Save a Life with Narcan.” Watch the eight-minute training on the Erie County YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8V3JkJ2sZw.

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