Saugerties Police will distribute overdose prevention kits and teach attendees how to use them Feb. 26 at the Senior Center, 207 Market St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Using acupuncture instead of narcotics.
First responders are saving multiple lives a month. By distributing Narcan to the public and providing training, a new program hopes to save even more.
The Catskills mark the northern edge of Appalachia, a region with a 37 percent higher mortality rate for “diseases of despair”—suicide, alcohol and drug overdose—than the rest of the country.
The intention of festival organizers is to bring awareness to the growing heroin and opiate epidemic in the Hudson Valley.
In late 2015 and early 2016, the Woodstock community was shocked into action by a string of drug-related deaths of young people. Since then, progress has been made on enforcement and treatment. But the problem is persistent.
Nearly a year after it was announced, Woodstock’s program to help people overcome substance abuse has helped pave the road to recovery in place of a life of arrests and incarceration.
A new report attempts to provide a snapshot of Ulster County’s raging heroin epidemic. But law enforcement officials conceded this week that collecting data remains a work in progress and the report likely undercounts the true toll of opioid abuse in the region.
Stats provided by the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team show 134 total overdoses last year: 26 fatal and 108 non-fatal.
Ulster County DA Holley Carnright quoted Dylan to the legislature as he pled for resources to battle the heroin epidemic. “How many deaths will it take ’til he knows that too many people have died?”