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Oneida County is taking its real-time overdose alert system one step further by sending out text alerts to the community.
County residents who sign up for the alerts will receive notifications when there’s an increase in overdoses and/or overdose fatalities in a particular area through a pilot program with the Partnership to End Addiction. Oneida County and the states of Maryland and Maine were chosen by the partnership to launch the pilot.
The county already uses an Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (or ODMAP), which puts out spike alerts. That’s why the partnership selected the county, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said.
“We look forward to using this tool to enhance our Overdose Response Team’s spike response plan, which includes monitoring overdose trends, post-overdose outreach and alerting the community to potential drug and overdose threats,” he said in a release. “The awareness of spikes allows individuals and organizations to take action to reduce further overdoses and deaths, so I encourage our residents to sign up to receive these potentially life-saving alerts.”
Any Oneida County resident can sign up for the free text alerts by texting the work “SPIKE” to 1-855-963-5669.
“Through this program, we’re providing potentially life-saving information that local communities need to mitigate the effects of powerful opioids,” said Kevin Collins, vice president of family and community support services for the partnership, in a release. “Our hope is that these overdose alerts and the free, personalized resources provided by Partnership to End Addiction at drugfree.org will help save lives and bring families closer together.”
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