Overdose spike alert for Buncombe County

Press release from Buncombe County:

Please be advised, over the last several days there has been a continued spike in probable overdoses in Buncombe County. We strongly encourage agencies to distribute Naloxone, share harm reduction information about this concerning spike, and encourage the use of fentanyl test strips on all substances.

Our focus is community safety. Community Paramedics are responding to this emerging situation on the ground and working collaboratively with partners in Buncombe County to prevent additional overdoses by providing services and through public notifications such as this. Local harm reduction resources are available. These organizations not only offer life-saving resources, they also help in spreading the word about concerning trends while providing critical support for people who are actively using and for those who are in recovery or want to start their recovery process.

Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP)  
WNCAP offers safer injection supplies, overdose reversal kits, testing, linkages to care and community navigation through their harm reduction program.
554 Fairview Rd.
Asheville, NC 28803
9AM-5PM Monday-Friday

Buncombe County Health and Human Services  
BCHHS offers a syringe service program and linkages to care as well STD / STI testing and treatment.
40 Coxe Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Monday-Friday, 12-4pm

Steady Collective  
Steady Collective offers syringe access and disposal, overdose prevention resources, referrals to care and harm reduction education.
Tuesday 1:30pm-4pm -Mobile Distribution- Location: In front of Firestorm Books & Coop 610 Haywood Road, West Asheville
Wednesday 10:30am-12pm -Mobile Distribution- 271 Haywood Street, Downtown Asheville

Holler Harm Reduction  
Holler Harm Reduction offers harm reduction supplies and overdose prevention materials
(828) 290-9066
Serving Madison County, North Buncombe and Leicester

Additional Resources:  
·      Text the word START to 828-33-ALERT (828-332-5378) to subscribe to alerts about contamination in drug supplies in Buncombe County. The alerts are free, encrypted and anonymous.
·      If you or a loved one recently experienced an overdose, call (828) 712-2800 to access the Buncombe County Post-Overdose Response Team.
·      The Western North Carolina Listening Line is available for those who might need support at (828) 547-4547.

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2 thoughts on “Overdose spike alert for Buncombe County

  1. Matthew Bacoate

    I would like to see all the agencies that support and serve those that are addicted to opiates use the system that is offered by Asheville Community Enterprises LLC. The SafePlusMore App has been proven to save Lives. Let’s not wait until the next person dies to this disease.

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