Oneida County Launches new “Spike Alert Program”

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UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) — Oneida County and Partnership to End Addiction have come together to launch a text message alert program with hopes of reducing the amount of substance use overdoses by notifying the community of real-time drug and overdose threats.

“You know you have a vulnerable friend, relative co-worker whatever out there that tells you a couple of things,” Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive said. “That bad drugs are being passed around in particular in that area for whatever reason, so the spike alert and the spike texts get you that information in as real of time as possible.”

Oneida County is one of three locations chosen to pilot test the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, “Spike Alert By Text.” Spike Alert By Text is a free program available to all Oneida County residents. Participants will receive notifications alerting them to local increases in overdoses or overdose fatalities in certain areas. The program also connects people to treatment and recovery resources, as well as support systems 

“We know drug use knows no boundaries,” Picente says. “Knows no economic class, knows no one town to another, to a city to a village, whatever. So you’re aware of what’s happening in your neighborhood.”

The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program or ODMAP was created by the Washington/Baltimore High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and collects and analyzes reports about drug overdoses from communities across the country, this data allows communities to identify overdose spikes. The program was created in hopes of mobilizing an immediate response to sudden increases or spikes in overdose events by linking first responders to a mapping tool that tracks overdoses in specific communities.

To sign up you can text the word “SPIKE” to 1-855-963-5669. 

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