Oneida County has issued an overdose spike alert in the area, after six overdoses were reported this week between Sept. 22 and 23.
The Oneida County Overdose Response Team also reported four fatal overdoses between Aug. 17 and Sept. 11.
A total of 17 heroin or fentanyl overdoses took place in the county since Aug. 17.
“While the number of weekly overdoses captured in our surveillance has been lower than usual the last few weeks, this recent spike and cluster of fatalities indicates a potential upward trend that we want to avert as quickly as possible,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “In addition, confidential reports of dangerous drug trends being monitored in the region warrant concern, and highlight the need for those that use drugs, their family and friends and our network of partners that provide treatment and support services to apply life-saving harm reduction practices and to be on high alert.”
Narcan, the medication used to treat a narcotic overdose, is available at various local pharmacies throughout the county.
The public can also dial 211 or text 898-211 to find a nearby Narcan provider, and more information on local treatment and recovery services.