8 fatal drug overdoses in June in Jefferson County

Four overdoses including two fatal in the past 24 hours

WATERTOWN, NY —  The Jefferson County Public Health Service released the following statement:

Individuals using drugs, including but not limited to marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin, must understand that NO DRUG IS SAFE, and ANY DRUG COULD CONTAIN LETHAL AMOUNTS OF FENTANYL.

According to data submitted by first responders utilizing the ODMAP software system, the county has experienced 35 known overdoses from drug use in June 2020.

Heroin and Fentanyl are the suspected primary drugs, however other drugs or combinations of drugs are also causing these overdoses.

Of the 35 known overdoses in June, 27 individuals survived; there are 8 fatalities.

Individuals that are overdosing and surviving are requiring multiple doses of Naloxone.

Per data submitted in the ODMAP system, overdose activity has steadily risen since March when there were 22 suspected overdoses reported, followed by 27 suspected overdoses reported in April, and 32 suspected overdoses reported in May. Year to date total suspected overdoses are 150.

There have been 13 confirmed overdose deaths for 2020 in Jefferson County, and include 3 in January, 1 in February, 5 in March, 2 in April, and 2 in May. Eleven (85%) of these confirmed deaths are due to opioids; 10 of these attributed specifically to fentanyl. An additional 9 suspected overdose fatalities are now pending toxicology report confirmation.

The Jefferson County Public Health Service, Jefferson County Department of Community Services, and the Alliance for Better Communities want to remind people that a number of community resources have been established and expanded to help people who have substance use disorders, and for people to access these resources to receive assistance and treatment:

Anchor Recovery Center of NNY: (315) 836-3460

Credo Community Center for Treatment of Addictions: (315) 788-1530

ACR Health: (315) 785-8222

Samaritan Addiction Services: (315) 779-5060

Samaritan Medical Center – Social Worker on Call: (315) 785-4516

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Northern Regional Center for Independent Living: (315) 785-8703 business hours;
and (315) 785-8708 nights and weekends.

Mobile Crisis Jefferson County: (315) 782-2327 of (315) 777-9681

Hope Line: 1-877-8-HOPENY or Text 46736

To receive Naloxone training and free kits, contact Credo, ACR Health, or the Anchor Recovery Center of NNY

The public is also reminded of New York State’s 911 Good Samaritan Law, which allows people to call 911 without fear of arrest due to drug possession if they are having a drug or alcohol overdose that requires emergency medical care or if they witness someone overdosing.