UTICA, N.Y. -- There have been a staggering number of overdoses in Oneida County over the past month.
According to the Center for Disease Control, Oneida County was one of the top 10 counties in the state with the highest number of fentanyl-related deaths. But county leaders unveiled a new plan on Thursday at the Oneida County Office Building, the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, to reduce the number of overdoses and prevent more deaths from happening.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the county will report a suspected overdose to the mapping program, which will allow officers to share overdose calls in real time with other agencies that can offer ways to get long-term treatment.
Another part of program is a 24/7 peer referral, which will provide the drug user and their family with the services they need.
Since they started using the program last month they have already seen results.
“To date the peers have provided services to 17 of those who have overdosed there either connected to outpatient treatment providers and inpatients providers or they remain connected to our peer services, " said Nicole Cozza-Siriano, with the Rescue Mission of Utica. "We have provided training Narcan kits to those who have overdosed or the families of our recovery community.”
According to the Oneida County Health Department, in March there were 58 overdoses, 10 of which were fatal. The number of overdoses has already decline, since April 11 there have been seven overdoses, one of which was fatal.
This is a model that is being used in 27 other counties. Officials say the information may eventually help police find out where the deadly drugs are coming from.
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