County sees increase in overdose deaths
Last updated 1/16/2024 at 10:42am
Deschutes County Health Services has identified a recent increase in overdose fatalities, and is urging those who use substances and their families and friends to take additional precautions.
Four overdose fatalities within a six-day period appear to be linked to the use of fentanyl and in combination with other substances.
Recognizing and responding to an overdose can save a life.
Here are some signs and symptoms:
• Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils.”
• Falling asleep or losing consciousness.
• Slow, weak, or no breathing.
• Choking or gurgling sounds.
• Limp body.
• Cold and/or clammy skin.
• Discolored skin, especially in lips and nails.
Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can reverse an overdose from opioids —including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications — when given in time.
If you need Naloxone, visit participating pharmacies or your local syringe exchange program http://www.deschutes.org/harmreduction.
The Deschutes County Harm Reduction Program recommends the following steps and strategies for community members:
• Assume any substance purchased on the street may contain unknown substances.
• Make sure everyone in the area can access Naloxone (aka Narcan) and knows how to administer it.
• Naloxone is safe. Even if naloxone is given to someone who is not experiencing an overdose, it will not harm them.