Officials Warn Of Recent Spike In Overdose Cases In Chautauqua County

first_imgRobert Bejil / CC BY 2.0 MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Mental Hygiene are warning people that there has been a spike in overdoses in the county possibly related to a dangerous batch of heroin.According to officials, there have been 24 non-fatal overdoses and four suspected fatal overdoses since the beginning of August. Narcan was administered after at least 19 of the 24 non-fatal overdoses and at least one of the four suspected fatal overdoses.All four of the recent suspected fatal overdoses involved heroin or some other type of opioid. Heroin was the suspected drug listed in 19 of the 24 non-fatal overdose incidents.On average, Chautauqua County experienced about 20 overdoses per month in 2019. Through July 2020, the County has experienced an average of 29 overdoses per month. “Over the last year, Chautauqua County Government has collaborated with the Mental Health Association and local law enforcement agencies to improve outreach to individuals who have experienced an overdose.” stated Christine Schuyler, Director of Health and Human Services. “We know this program works and these recent overdoses show how critically important it is for everyone to work together and connect people in need to appropriate resources.”The peer response program provides resources and support to victims of overdose with a goal of helping them find connection, harm reduction resources, and opportunities for recovery.Patricia Brinkman, Director of Community Mental Hygiene Services, reminds county residents of the range of prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction services available in Chautauqua County.“We urge people to utilize to learn more about addiction and to find specific services available throughout our county.” said Brinkman.Chautauqua County government and its partners encourage people who use drugs, and their family members to take advantage of local resources for harm reduction and recovery. People who use drugs and their families should obtain a naloxone kit if they do not have one on hand and should be prepared to call 911. The New York State 911 Good Samaritan Law allows people to call 911 without fear of arrest if they are having a drug or alcohol overdose that requires emergency medical care or if they witness someone overdosing.“In the face of an uptick in overdoses that we are experiencing, I encourage people to reduce harm in any way possible. Remember that fentanyl can be in any drug now, not just heroin. Make sure you have Narcan accessible and try not to use alone,” said  Steven Cobb, Executive Director of the Department of Mental Hygiene“If you’re looking for help with recovery, decreasing use, or using in a safer way, the MHA can connect people anywhere in Chautauqua County with a Recovery Coach by calling 716-661-9044.”Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Moyes denies Mourinho feud

first_img Yet Moyes insists there is no conflict between the pair, beyond what normally exists between competing managers. Instead, the Scot has declared his admiration for Mourinho, in much the same way as Chelsea’s manager spoke positively of Moyes last week. “Jose Mourinho is a tremendous manager,” said Moyes. “He has done really well in the Premier League. “Like me, he started doing his coaching badges in Scotland and whilst I wouldn’t say I know him that well, I do know him.” Indeed, Moyes’ admiration for the charismatic Portuguese extended to offering his sympathies after Mourinho’s exit from Chelsea in 2008. “I remember when he lost his job I wrote him a letter,” he said. “So, for people to say there is any feud is wrong. “Of course, you are going to find two really competitive managers. When our teams play we will both be highly committed to make sure our clubs win. “But I admire him for how well he has done as a manager.” Manchester United manager David Moyes has rejected talk of a feud with Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho. When both clubs were in Bangkok at the start of their respective pre-season tours of the Far East Mourinho, while claiming discussion of other club’s players was supposed to be off limits, insisted he could not be a “hypocrite” and admitted he liked Wayne Rooney. This was taken to be the start of a mind games battle between Mourinho and Moyes, which the United boss seemed to endorse when he said “bring it on” after his club had beaten the A League All Stars in Sydney the following week. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more