The Community Overdose Action Team has notified subscribers to its OD Surge Alert System that Montgomery County, has experienced an increased number of overdoses between December 31 at 6:00 pm and January 1 at 6:00 pm. A total of 11 overdoses were reported at area hospitals, the same period during which there is a predicted number of 5.5 overdoses.

While there is no safe way to use illegal drugs, it is important that those using drugs, their friends and family, and the public are aware of steps they can take to help reduce the risk of death.

Safety recommendations for people who use drugs:

  1. Have Narcan available, and someone who can administer it, in case of an overdose. Call 937-734-9468 to get a kit today.
  2. Do not use drugs that contain or may contain fentanyl.
  3. Do not use drugs alone.
  4. Do not share needles.
  5. In the event of an overdose, call 911 immediately.
  6. Call Crisis Now, 24/7 at 833-580-CALL for crisis intervention services.

The OD Surge Alert System provides timely information when conditions are occurring that make using drugs even more risky than usual. In addition to individuals who may be using drugs, we encourage their family, friends, loved ones, community support systems, and treatment providers to also register to receive these vital life-saving alerts.

To register, you do not need to live in Montgomery County, however the alerts will only be for events that take place in Montgomery County. To register for the alerts, text your five-digit zip code to 937-582-8667. Or visit for more information.

How the System Works

Any individual can sign up to receive overdose alerts via a text message. To register for the alerts, text your five-digit zip code to 937-582-8667. When an overdose spike occurs, individuals who signed up for alerts will receive a text message with the alert and a link to a page on the website with information about actions they can take and resources available in the community. Alerts may occur after hours including evenings and weekends. Because of the nature of the surveillance systems, alerts will be county-wide; all individuals who sign up for alerts will receive text alerts anytime there has been deemed to be a concerning increase in overdoses in Montgomery County.

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