MAYVILLE, N.Y.:-- Chautauqua County government and members of the Chautauqua Substance Abuse Response Partnership (CSARP) want to encourage those in the community who are actively using drugs and those who have a loved one using drugs to carry Naloxone. Naloxone, also called Narcan, is an emergency medicine that can stop an opioid overdose. If you suspect an overdose, call 911.
Free training and Naloxone kits are available locally through:
- Evergreen Health, 320 Prather Ave., Jamestown, N.Y. - Call (716) 847-2441; and
- Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services – Call Alison Espin, RN, at (716) 753-6724
Anyone using opioids, whether for recreational purposes or otherwise, can be at risk for overdose. Other risk factors include:
- Using or taking drugs alone;
- Mixing opioids with other drugs like alcohol, benzodiazepines (Xanax and Ativan) and prescription stimulants (cocaine and Adderall);
- Having lower tolerance due to recent detox/drug treatment, incarceration, or illness; and
- Not knowing what drugs one is consuming such as using heroin cut with fentanyl.
An overdose can happen when the amount of drugs ingested causes suppressed breathing in a way that oxygen cannot reach vital organs, and the body begins to shut down. It is important to note that an overdose can occur anywhere from 20 minutes to two full hours after drug use.
Signs of an overdose include:
- Face is clammy to touch and has lost color;
- Blue lips and fingertips;
- Non-responsive to his/her name or a firm rub to the sternum (Center of the chest) using the knuckles;
- Slow breathing, erratic breathing, or no breathing at all;
- Deep snoring or a gurgling sound, what would be described as a “death rattle;” and
- Heartbeat is slow or has stopped.
If you suspect an overdose, call 911 immediately.
CSARP is comprised of representatives from the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene, the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services, The Chautauqua Center, Prevention Works (formerly CASAC), Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, Brooks-TLC Hospital System, UPMC Chautauqua, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, Chautauqua County Health Network, The Resource Center, and Evergreen Health.
Visit www.combataddictionchq.com to learn about chemical dependency services available including prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction resources throughout the County.
The Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline, 1-800-724-0461, is available if you are experiencing a personal crisis or are in emotional distress.