Responding to a Spike in Overdoses

After a recent spike in drug overdoses, a local agency is now going out into the community to curb drug use.

Posted: Sep 30, 2020 5:57 PM

The Oneida County Overdose Response Team has seen a recent spike in overdoses. 17 overdoses. 4 of them fatalities. Jeremy Klemanski is the President and CEO of Helio Health. He believes the spike may be due to a specific drug supply.

"One of the reasons we see spikes is because a new supply will come into a community. People don’t realize that what they’ve been used to taking is now actually a different substance, or in many cases we’re seeing from Federal and State agencies and reports from law enforcement is that it’s actually multiple different substances blended together."

Helio Health is offering free virtual Narcan training sessions. They’re designed to help people recognize the signs of an overdose, administer narcan, and know what to do next. People often panic and forget to call 9-1-1. Helio Health has also assembled a Center of Treatment Innovation Team that goes out into the community to interact privately with drug users. Kevin Waterman is a Peer Specialist for the Center of Treatment Innovation Team

"I can go right to where they are whether it be a park bench, their home, meet on the street, they can go right in the vehicle. We can do everything right from the vehicle."

Waterman feels he’s making a difference by having those connections that build a relationship.

"Because there’s a need for it. There’s a bigger problem on the street than people seem to realize with opiates, and that’s why the COTI Team is here is to get to the streets, to them, to help them."

If that isn’t enough, Jeremy Klemanski assures those in need that if there's interest in getting help, you’ll get it.

"You can walk in from 8:30-3:30 Monday thru Friday and you know we’re going to stop drop and roll here to help you."

Klemanski says there’s no real way of knowing when the next spike in overdoses is going to happen, but he does say getting over addiction isn’t something you can do alone. You just have to be willing to accept the help that’s out there.

To schedule a Narcan Training session: aloparco@insighthouse.org

To call Insight House:  (315) 724-5168

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

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