Madison County Partnership Launches New Program to Address Opioid Overdoses – Oneida Dispatch

Wampsville, NY – The Madison County Health Department and BRIDGES (Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Inc.) are launching a new program to increase community access to naloxone by putting wall-mounted emergency boxes at the available to community agencies and local businesses.

Nationally, more than 107,000 Americans died last year from an opioid overdose — a new high in our country — and counties across New York state are expected to follow the same trend. The latest available data from Madison County shows the number of opioid-related deaths increased to 10 in 2020.

“The opioid overdose epidemic is a multi-level problem across the country. Here in Madison County, we are committed to reducing opioid-related deaths in our community through our network of partner organizations,” said Madison County Public Health Director Eric Faisst.

Naloxone, known as Narcan, is a drug designed to reverse an opioid overdose within minutes. Providing Narcan to residents most likely to have or see an overdose, including first responders, helps save lives

Similar to an AED machine, Narcan’s wall boxes serve as an emergency response for an overdose victim where they are until medical help arrives. New York State’s Good Samaritan law allows people to call 911 without fear of arrest in the event of an overdose.

Partner agencies plan to distribute these boxes throughout the community through targeted outreach and installation requests. They will begin by placing them in Madison County office buildings with Board of Supervisors approval.

“At the Council, we are focused on the growing number of overdose deaths linked to the illegal use of fentanyl in prescription drugs, including Adderall, Xanax and painkillers,” said Maureen Campania, chief executive of BRIDGES. “Due to the mortality from fentanyl, it is essential that we have access to Narcan on public county sites. This is a step to further reduce deaths and damage in our community.

The boxes measure 9″hx 7-1/4″wx 3-5/8″d and are easily mounted on a wall. The training and the Narcan will be provided free of charge to the organization by BRIDGES.

If your agency or business would like to request a Narcan Emergency Box, please complete the form: www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/FormCenter/Health-Department-24/Application-Form-to-Order-a-Narcan-Emerg – 185.

For local data on opioid use in Madison County, please see the Department of Health website: www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/1754/Reports-Data.

For local resources on tobacco, alcohol and other substances, please visit the BRIDGES website: bridgescouncil.org.

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