Erie County Issues A Life or Death Warning, ‘Don’t Trust Your Cocaine’
Yes, Erie County is warning you that your drugs may kill you. No, not in a slow, chronic drug addict type of way, but in an instant. There have been 9 fatal overdoses in the past week. According to the Health Department, 9 Erie County residents have died due to overdoses of suspected cocaine and fentanyl, which is a potent and often deadly opioid.
Don't trust your cocaine
The Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein warns cocaine users,
The main message that we want to share is that we need to keep people alive. As we see all too often with opioid overdose deaths, cocaine and fentanyl are a deadly combination. People should never use any drug alone and always have Narcan on hand just in case of an overdose.
Fentanyl has been in the spotlight a lot lately, as it has caused many fatal overdoes. It is frequently used to cut other drugs. Unsuspecting users don't realize that their lives are in danger.
Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force Director Cheryll Moore said,
To have overdose scenes where a person, or multiple people, die when a dose of Narcan could have saved their lives – these are heartbreaking situations. Families and loved ones live with that pain, but we continue to transform that pain into progress with our task force activities.
If you or someone you know is a user, you can 'Text for Narcan.' Text (716) 225-5473 to get free Narcan mailed to you. The county also recommends that you use fentanyl test strips on any drug before consuming it.