Contact: Ann Stevens (937)443-0416 ext 137
Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services
For Immediate Release
February 1, 2017
The Community Overdose Action Team has issued an alert regarding the increased use of illegally made fentanyl and it’s numerous derivatives such as carfentanyl, sufentanyl and acrylfentanyl.
With 54 overdose deaths alone reported in January, county officials are increasingly concerned about the illegally manufactured synthetic opioid analgesic used with or without heroin. For example, Acrylfentanyl, which has been seen recently locally, is an analog of fentanyl and said to be 50 times more potent than morphine.
Family members of persons at risk of a drug overdose or those using opioids should consider carrying Naloxone. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that, if administered during an opioid overdose can potentially save the life of the individual. There is the possibility that the reversal drug naloxone may prove ineffective or require multiple doses to counteract an overdose due to unknown compounds found in counterfeit drugs. Always call 911 in a life-threatening situation and do not leave the victim alone.
The work of the Community Overdose Action Team will seek to identify what services are being offered, look for any existing gaps in services and explore potential new or expanded ways to combat the drug overdose problem. All aspects of reducing deaths due to drug overdoses are included in the effort. Specific teams are working on prevention, treatment, law enforcement, the criminal justice system, opioid prescription guidelines, education and outreach.
For more information on how to obtain and use naloxone contact Project DAWN, through CrisisCare at 937-224-4646 or CarePoint at 937-496-7133.
The Community Overdose Action Team was established to address the opioid/heroin epidemic in Montgomery County. The goals of the team are to stabilize the number of people dying from drug overdoses; then reduce the number of fatal overdoses and finally, reduce the number of people addicted. Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services and Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County are lead agencies in the effort to combat the epidemic.