(Portage) Officials in Columbia County are reporting a spike in overdose deaths among their population. The county’s health department notes that oxycodone has been identified as an opioid linked to this increase.
Residents are being urged to take important steps to reduce their risk of an opioid related overdose. Health officials say naloxone is a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose and can be given as a nasal spray.
They are available at no cost at the Columbia County Health Department building located on 111 East Mullett Street in Portage. The public can also receive NARCAN Nasal Spray for free from Prevention and Response Columbia County.
Authorities say friends and family can play a critical role in recognizing the signs of an overdose. They can include small, constricted “pinpoint pupils,” slow and shallow breaths, chocking, and pale, blue, or cold skin.
The Columbia County Medication Assisted Treatment Program will facilitate referrals to medication-assisted treatment, provide ongoing case management services and wrap around community-based services to individuals struggling with an opioid addiction. Click HERE to learn more or call (608)-742-9227.
The Harbor Recovery Center provides support for individuals and their families who are struggling with substance use and/or mental health by fostering a culture of recovery in Columbia County. Click HERE to learn more.