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Overdose spike alert issued in Oneida County, one fatal

Posted 8/26/22

Friday afternoon, the Oneida County Overdose Response Team issued an overdose spike alert triggered by four overdoses in the past 24 hours, one of which was fatal.

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Overdose spike alert issued in Oneida County, one fatal

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Friday afternoon, the Oneida County Overdose Response Team issued an overdose spike alert triggered by four overdoses in the past 24 hours, one of which was fatal.

The overdoses, which occurred in Utica and Rome, involved heroin and other opioids, including the synthetic fentanyl, which was the cause of the fatality. In the month of August, there have been five overdose deaths, three of which occurred in the past five days.

The Overdose Response Team (ORT) also alerted the public to a potentially dangerous drug trend involving what has been described as purple, pink and/or blue colored substances contributing to overdoses and at least one confirmed fatality.

This trend of colorful substances or a drug cocktail known as “purple heroin” appears to be a mixture of street drugs, including fentanyl, and continues to be reported locally and throughout the region.   

The ORT has also received reports of what is described as a “pink substance” in connection with heroin, fentanyl and molly (MDMA), a synthetic drug that is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens. 

Individuals seeking treatment, Naloxone (Narcan), and other harm reduction supplies, can contact any Oneida County Opioid Task Force member agency listed on the Task Force’s website at: https://www.ocopioidtaskforce.org

The Good Samaritan Law protects anyone calling 911 from repercussions in the case of an overdose.

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