JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) — Jefferson County Public Health Service has confirmed a substantial spike in drug overdoses over the last 24 hours.

The health service is alerting any individuals using drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin that they could contains lethal amounts of the toxin fentanyl.

There have been 21 confirmed overdose deaths for 2020 in Jefferson County.

Nineteen of these confirmed deaths are due to opioids, 17 of which have been attributed specifically to the opioid fentanyl. An additional three suspected overdose fatalities are now pending toxicology report confirmation.

The Jefferson County Public Health Service, Jefferson County Department of Community Services, and the Alliance for Better Communities are encouraging the use of community substance abuse resources, including:

  • Anchor Recovery Center of NNY: 315-836-3460
  • Credo Community Center for Treatment of Addictions: 315-788-1530
  • ACR Health: (315) 785-8222 Samaritan Addiction Services: 315-779-5060
  • Samaritan Medical Center – Social Worker on Call: 315-785-4516
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Northern Regional Center for Independent Living: 315-785-8703 business hours; and 315-785-8708 nights and weekends.
  • Mobile Crisis Jefferson County: 315-782-2327 of 315-777-9681
  • Hope Line: 1-877-8-HOPENY or Text 46736

To receive Naloxone training and free kits, contact Credo, ACR Health, or the Anchor Recovery Center of NNY.

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