BEND, Ore. – Deschutes County Health Services and the St. Charles Health System issued a warning on Friday night regarding a possible increased risk of accidental overdose of heroin based on a group of four serious drug overdoses over the last 36 hours.
Deschutes County Health Services fears that heroin may be spiked with synthetic fentanyl, making the drug particularly deadly. The patients observed in the last one and a half days were critically ill and required stabilization of unusually high doses of naloxone (also known as narcan).
Avoiding drug use is the best way to eliminate the risk of overdose. If you are concerned that a person is taking drugs, you may ask them for their willingness to initiate drug or drug treatment. A list of providers can be found on the Stay Safe Oregon website at https://staysafeoregon.com/ [19659008<BereadyHolenSiesichNaloxonLebenrettenNaloxonisteinMedikamentdasentwickeltwurdeumeineÜberdosierungvonOpioidenschnellrückgängigzumachenEskannsehrschnelldienormaleAtmungeinerPersonwiederherstellenderenAtmungsichaufgrundeinerÜberdosisverlangsamtodergestoppthatSiekönnenNaloxonüberfolgendeWegeerhalten•JederApothekerinOregonkannIhnenNaloxonverschreibenFürVerfügbarkeitvorheranrufen
• Persons using the syringe exchange program can receive free Naloxone. More information can be found at https://www.deschutes.org/health/page/syringe-exchange-program.
It's important to call 911 if someone overdoses opioids. If you use Naloxone, the effects are temporary and the person still needs to see a doctor immediately. After the drug is used up, the person can fall back into a coma.
If you call the police or the ambulance to get help for someone with a drug overdose, health officials say that Oregon's Samaritan Law protects you from being arrested or prosecuted for drug-related charges or probation violations based on information, which were passed on to rescue workers.
Healthcare works with community partners to reach risk populations and share mitigation information.
St. Charles spokeswoman Lisa Goodman said she could not confirm the four overdoses of heroin and did not know the current status of the patients.
Morgan Emerson, on-duty coordinator at Deschutes County Health Services, said the St. Charles officials had informed the county about heroin accumulation of serious overdoses.
"Four overdoses in this time span are not particularly alarming," said Emerson. "What worries us is the fact that they are very heavy overdoses."
Emerson noted that the Oregon Health Authority is guiding and encouraging local health authorities to "more actively monitor" the overdose of opioids and develop plans for the treatment of opioids. " to better inform our community about the event " "When people use opioids, we want them to be prepared with naloxone and know how they are applied and that the public knows the signs and symptoms of overdoses. "
More resources for harm reduction:
https://harmreduction.org/about-us / principles-of-harm reduction /