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October 22, 2020 – Nevada County is currently experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of accidental drug-related overdoses and deaths due to fentanyl. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine, but is 50 to 100 times more potent. Fentanyl may be added to drugs and is sometimes present in counterfeit drugs, and, because of its potency, it can lead to an overdose very quickly. In 2019, Nevada County had zero accidental overdose deaths due to fentanyl; so far this year, eleven Nevada County residents have died from accidental fentanyl overdose.

Resources:

Call or text Nevada County Public Health: 530-388-6364

Nevada County Public Health distributes naloxone/Narcan and fentanyl test strips free of charge and confidentially. Other organizations do as well. Visit this website to find the right resource for you: https://www.mynevadacounty.com/2861/Naloxone

California program: https://choosemat.org/

Link to Recovery and Wellness Series with Naloxone

• What is Medication Assisted Treatment & how it works

• Where ZOOM! MAT can be accessed locally; Naloxone will be accessible at sites in Auburn, Roseville, Grass Valley ,Lincoln Truckee and Kings Beach

• To recognize the signs of an overdose

• To respond to an overdose Register for presentation HERE: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mkZH1SqERSutnGUPWYSqtQ

Open to Placer and Nevada County

Granite Wellness : another place to reach out for treatment or to connect to other resources: https://www.granitewellness.org/contact-us/

Shelly Leal Substance Use Navigator Sierra Nevada Hospital: 530-263-1840 please call/text me if you have any questions