How Safe Is Your Home?
The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) provides a free in home assessment focusing on home safety. An HNP team member can discuss areas where safety can be improved and may also supply FREE items to assist you with making your home safer!
Tioga County Residents can call 687-8390 to schedule a FREE home safety check!
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The Northeast United States continues to get hit hard with drug overdoses, specifically heroin overdoses. Tioga County has seen several heroin overdoses already this year, and many are associated with fentanyl being mixed with heroin or other drugs.
Fentanyl is an opioid, just like morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and heroin. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. When prescribed by a doctor, it acts as a pain reliever, and is one of the strongest drugs on the market. Unfortunately, fentanyl is being mixed with other drugs, like heroin, in deadly amounts. There is no way to know if a small bag of heroin or cocaine has been mixed with a deadly dose of fentanyl just by looking at it. The strength of fentanyl causes loss of breath immediately, and without help, the overdose will kill them.
If you know someone who uses heroin or cocaine, there is something you can do. Naloxone (also known under the brand name Narcan) is a drug that helps to “undo” the overdose by blocking the body’s ability to respond to the opioid. When Naloxone is administered, the person regains consciousness and the ability to breathe, allowing time to get them medical attention, and ultimately, keeping them alive. All naloxone distribution sites are “no questions asked” and you remain anonymous. The main goal of distributing kits is to prevent overdoses and deaths.
Free naloxone kits can be picked up at any of the following places in Tioga County:
Tioga County Public Health
Tioga County Mental Hygiene
You can also go to CVS and Rite Aid Pharmacies also provide Narcan. Simply request a Naloxone kit and it will be filled like a regular prescription, usually with a co-pay of $0-$5.
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