CATSKILL — An overdose spike alert was issued for Greene County on Monday, the second alert in a week.
Having two alerts in one week is unusual, Greener Pathways Program Director Carl Quinn said. The Twin Counties have had more spikes than usual this year, with Greene County at three spikes and Columbia County at four.
In Columbia and Greene counties, an overdose alert is issued when two or more overdoses are reported within 24 hours.
The cause behind this year’s increase is unclear, Quinn said.
“As of right now we’ve had four since Saturday,” Quinn said. “Three of the four were within the village of Catskill. The fourth one, we are working to confirm the location.”
All four overdoses were reversed with Narcan, Quinn said.
“Some of the four were heroin, some were oxycodone,” he said.
A Hudson man was arrested last month for possessing counterfeit oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl, Quinn said.
While Quinn has no confirmation that there is a connection between the individual and the recent overdoses, he said it brings up the possibility that the overdoses reported as oxycodone may have contained fentanyl as well.
Last week’s alert was triggered by two overdoses within 45 minutes of each other, one in Durham and one in Coxsackie, Quinn said.
“It’s very unusual to have two [spike alerts] in one week,” Quinn said. “It’s possible that they purchased from the same contaminated supply but we have no way of knowing that for sure.”
Residents in need of Narcan can text NARCANKIT to 21000 to request a kit.
Greener Pathways has received more than 100 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 will be holding outreach events for Narcan distribution on Tuesday from 10-11:30 a.m. at Grandview Plaza and noon to 1:30 p.m. at Dutchman’s Landing.
* 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.