NEW CITY – County Executive Ed Day and Acting Commissioner of Mental Health Dr. Susan Hoerter recognize August 31st as International Overdose Awareness Day. Each year International Overdose Awareness Day is observed to raise awareness and reduce stigma of drug-related deaths. Today we remember, honor, and mourn the loss of loved ones who have succumbed to the effects of an overdose.
So far this year the County has had a total of 23 overdose deaths, including 14 opioid related deaths, which is significantly down from the 70 overdose deaths (62 opioid related) in 2021.
The Rockland County Department of Mental Health (RCDMH) has partnered with other County of Rockland Departments, law enforcement, paramedics, hospitals, the Crime Analysis Center, prevention providers, recovery providers, treatment providers, peer agencies, volunteers, courts, schools, and families to address, prevent, and improve the system of care within Rockland.
This joint effort has enhanced and expanded the available resources for substance use disorders within Rockland County. The effort has raised awareness, implemented harm reduction techniques including free Narcan and Fentanyl test strips, expanded opportunities for trainings, support, and post overdose outreach.
RCDMH reminds residents even one death is too many and pledges to continue fighting addiction, stigma, and barriers to recovery.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, there is help. To find local treatment call the Rockland Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependence (RCADD) at 845-215-9788 or reach out to the New York HOPEline at 877-846-7369.