Oneida County residents can now sign up for text alerts to be notified when there’s a drug overdose spike in the area.
People will get alerts when there are increases in overdoses or overdose deaths in a particular part of the county. It also connects people to treatment and recovery resources.
“We look forward to using this tool to enhance our Overdose Response Team’s spike response plan, which includes monitoring overdose trends, post-overdose outreach and alerting the community to potential drug and overdose threats,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. “The awareness of spikes allows individuals and organizations to take action to reduce further overdoses and deaths, so I encourage our residents to sign up to receive these potentially life-saving alerts.”
Picente said Oneida County is one of only three communities selected by the Partnership to End Addiction to pilot this text alert program.
To sign up for the alerts, text SPIKE to 1-855-963-5669.