Hancock County health officials say there’s been a recent spike in suspected overdoses.
Hancock Public Health says, since last week, there has been one suspected overdose fatality and seven suspected non-fatal overdoses.
The Hancock County Quick Response Team (QRT) will be following up with overdose survivors to offer assistance.
The QRT is a service that works with law enforcement to help survivors of non-fatal overdoses get into treatment. (details below)
Hancock Public Health also reminds people that they have the overdose-reversing medication Narcan available through Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) as a way to combat the opioid overdose epidemic.
“It looks pretty clear to us that the more Narcan kits we get out there, in the hands of folks who may potentially overdose, the less fatal overdoses we’re going to have,” said the health department’s Gary Bright.
He says while Narcan can rapidly reverse an overdose it’s still important to call 911 because the opioid is still in the person’s system.
Click here for more information about Narcan and how to receive a kit.