Overdose spike reported in Greene County
Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media an overdose spike alert was issued Fri., May 28, for Greene County. “In the last 24 hours, there have been two overdoses in Greene County,” said Carl Quinn, program director for Greener Pathways, a community-based outreach program that assists people living with substance use. The two overdoses were not fatal. One involved opioids; the drug involved in the second overdose was not identified, Quinn said. An alert is issued when two or more overdoses occur within a 24-hour period. With a spike in the number of overdoses, there are concerns about tainted substances, according to a statement released by Greener Pathways. “Be vigilant. This could be indicative of a contaminated drug supply,” according to the statement. “Overdoses have occurred in the past for people using crack, cocaine and other substances besides opiates including pressed pills that are made to look like a genuine pill but contain deadly fentanyl instead. Use safely and always assume your supply may be contaminated.” Requests for a free Narcan kit can be made by texting NARCANKIT to 21000. Kits can also be picked up at the Twin County Recovery Services offices in Catskill and in Hudson. Help is available by calling Greener Pathways at 518-291-4500. In an emergency always call 911, Quinn said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.