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Opioid Overdose Prevention

 

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Sullivan County Information Line for Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services

You are not alone.

We are here to help with information and referrals to resources in the community. If you or someone you know think that drug or alcohol use is a problem, or have mental health concerns, please call         1-866-832-5575.

How we can help

  • Information and referrals for treatment and recovery services for substance use disorder.
  • Information and referrals for mental health services.
  • Family support and information.
  • Provide community connections to organizations who can assist you and your family.

All services are confidential and are provided free of charge.

If you or a family member needs immediate assistance for a medical emergency call 911.

For immediate assistance with a mental health emergency, call: Sullivan County Mobile Mental Health Team (for adults over 18): 1-800-710-7083 or 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369)

For an online directory of services, please visit: https://www.oasas.ny.gov/accesshelp/

There is Always Hope.


Virtual Narcan Training

Sullivan County Public Health is proud to be part of the Mid Hudson Education and Prevention Collaborative, a group of agencies throughout the Hudson Valley dedicated to helping those with OUD/SUD. A part of this collaborative is the development of a virtual Narcan training. This virtual training allows people to still become trained as an Opioid Overdose Responder even during these challenging times of COVID-19. The training is offered the first Wednesday of every month and requires pre-registration.

You can pre-register at:  https://forms.gle/5AitwLX4PpxsdEqG6

 Please see the flyer below for more information. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Sullivan County Public Health at 845-292-5910.

 

VIrtual Narcan Training


Sullivan County Community Services is now offering Medication Assisted Treatment. For more information see the flyer below.

CLICK HERE to listen to an interview with County leaders about the program (this is an audio-only file).

Community Services MAT

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Sullivan County Pharmaceutical Drug Drop-Off Box Locations:

Fallsburg Police Dept.

19 Railroad Plaza

South Fallsburg, NY 12779

(845) 434-4422

 

Liberty Police Dept.

159 North Main Street

Liberty, NY 12754

(845) 292-4422

 

Monticello Police Dept.

2 Pleasant Street

Monticello, NY 12701

(845) 794-4422

 

Department of Family Services

Robert Travis Building

16 Community Lane

Liberty, NY 12754

(845) 292-0100

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday


What is an Opioid?

Opioids are substances derived from the opium poppy that are primarily used to treat pain. They work by altering an individual’s perception and tolerance to pain; however, they can become addictive. Many individuals who experience chronic pain take legally prescribed opioid medications to manage their pain. There are also illegal forms of opioids that are used by some individuals for recreational use. Examples of opioids include:

  • Oxycontin
  • Oxycodone
  • Morphine
  • Demerol
  • Heroin
  • Methadone
  • Fentanyl

*One major detrimental effect of excessive ingestion of opioids is respiratory depression. The medications, in large quantities, interfere with a person’s breathing, resulting in death or brain damage from lack of oxygen.


The Epidemic of Overdose

Throughout the United States, the use of opioid medications has increased dramatically since 1999 in an effort to better manage chronic pain. The unintended effect of this has been an increase in the number of opiates that are available for use both legally and illegally. Substance use rates have risen significantly and with that, the rate of mortality from drug overdose related to these medications. In the United States, approximately 145 people per day die from opioid overdose.


Reducing the Mortality Rate: Registered Naloxone Training Program

To combat the problem, Sullivan County Public Health Services became a Registered Opioid Overdose Prevention Program in 2014. The program allows for accurate data gathering related to the overdose epidemic in Sullivan County, NY, training programs specific to the area of expertise of the responder, and distribution and monitoring of naloxone, a medication that serves as an antidote to opioids. The naloxone works by pushing the opiate off of the receptor site in the brain.


Training Programs Available:

Classes can be scheduled by contacting Jill Hubert-Simon at jill.hubert-simon@co.sullivan.ny.us. Following the initial certification, recertification courses are required to be completed by responders every two years in order to maintain their status as Overdose Responders. All courses follow the NY State Department of Health regulations regarding opioid training requirements.


Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement courses are approved through the Department of Criminal Justice Services and provide the officer with a certificate of completion from them. The course is completed in two hours and includes theory on overdose response and hands-on practice using intranasal naloxone kits.


EMS/Firefighters

BLS and Fire Departments interested in conducting a course can contact us to schedule a date and time that is convenient. We offer the option of evening sessions for your convenience.


School Nurses and School Personnel

NYSDOH has approved training for School Nurses and School Personnel. Please contact our office for more information or to plan a course for your district personnel.


RNs living in Sullivan County

NYSED has updated the Nurse Practice Act allowing RNs to carry and administer naloxone in an emergency. Contact us to register.


No Needles Approach

This training provides the responder with valuable information regarding the risk factors for overdose, recognition of an overdose, how to respond to an overdose situation, and hands-on training with the naloxone device. Naloxone can be administered in a number of different forms. For this program, intranasal naloxone was selected due to the reduced risk of exposure to needlesticks that could potentially occur using the other administration methods. Research indicates that intranasal naloxone is absorbed very quickly and is as effective as other methods of administration in reversing an opioid overdose.

Community Training / Additional Initiatives

  • Sullivan County Substance Use Task Force
  • We sponsor local bupenorphine trainings for health care providers
  • Community Naloxone Trainings are available by request

 

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