An overdose spike alert was issued in Greene County on Tuesday in the wake of two overdoses that occurred just 45 minutes apart. A third overdose, this one in Columbia County, was reported Wednesday.
In Columbia and Greene counties, an overdose alert is issued when two or more overdoses are reported within 24 hours, Greener Pathways Program Director Carl Quinn said. Two overdoses occurred in Greene County on Tuesday and another overdose occurred Wednesday morning in Hudson, Quinn said.
All three overdose victims were revived, Quinn said.
“It’s always alarming to us when they happen so close together like that,” he said. “It could really be indicative that the people bought together or used together. We don’t have any way to confirm that; it’s just something we think about when it happens.”
One of the Greene County overdoses involved heroin, but the substance for the other overdose was not reported, Quinn said. Both overdoses were investigated by state police.
Greener Pathways is looking to schedule some outreach events, but plans have not been finalized, Quinn said.
“At the moment, we are promoting our text to Narcan line,” Quinn said. “We had three requests when we came in this morning.”
Residents in need of Narcan can text NARCANKIT to 21000 to request a kit.
Greener Pathways has received 118 requests since the program went live in June 2020, Quinn said.
The texting service is not an emergency service and should not be used in place of 911 if an overdose occurs, he said.
Columbia County has seen a 64% increase in overdoses so far this year, compared to 2020, and a 150% increase in fatal overdoses, Quinn said.
Greene County’s preliminary numbers show a decrease, but Quinn said the county reports overdoses differently.
“In Greene County, the 911 center gives that information to an investigator, who follows through on whether or not it was an overdose before they enter it in the system,” he said.
In Columbia County, the 911 center reports the suspected overdose immediately, Quinn said.
- Greener Pathways 518-291-4500 or 518-8227437.
- Twin County Recovery Services 518-828-9300 or 518-943-2036.
- Columbia County Pathways to Recovery 877-467-3365.
- Mountain Top Cares Coalition 518-560-4278.
- Greene County Sheriff’s Office Impacted Citizen’s Program 518-821-8778.