overdose spike logoWe watch hospital and ambulance data closely to identify unexpected increases, or spikes, in drug-involved overdoses. If we see a spike, we send out an alert.

What can cause a spike?

A change in the local drug supply may cause a spike.

Very strong opioids are being mixed into all types of drugs, including heroin, cocaine, counterfeit or fake prescription pills, meth, and cannabis. An alert will provide as much detail as we are able to identify to prevent overdose deaths. Working together, we can save lives!

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Steps for safer drug use:

  • Test all drugs for fentanyl before using
  • Carry Narcan® (naloxone) and be prepared to use multiple doses when necessary
  • Get safer use supplies, including fentanyl test strips and Narcan® from our Syringe Services Program : 2705 E. Washington Ave. or 2300 S. Park St. in Madison. You can also ask a pharmacist for Narcan®. 
  • Avoid using street drugs alone; call Never Use Alone at 800-484-3731
  • Recognize the signs of an overdose: 
    • Pale, sweaty or clammy skin
    • Lips/fingertips turn blue
    • Slow or irregular breathing:  gasping, gurgling, or snoring
    • Difficult or unable to wake
  • Always call 911 if you suspect someone is overdosing
  • Check in with your friends/family who use drugs when there is an overdose spike in our area
  • Contact the Behavioral Health Resource Center of Dane County for treatment and recovery resources: (608) 267-2244

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