overdose spike logoWe track hospital and ambulance data to look for unexpected increases, or spikes, in drug-involved overdoses. If we see a spike, we send out an alert. Our alerts give as much detail as we can to prevent overdose deaths. 


What can cause a spike?

A change in the local drug supply may cause a spike.

Very strong opioids are being mixed into all types of drugs. This includes heroin, cocaine, counterfeit or fake prescription pills, meth, and cannabis. 


Who should sign up for Overdose Spike Alerts?

  • People who use drugs
  • Friends and family of people who use drugs
  • Service providers

How to sign up for Overdose Spike Alerts

You can sign up to get an email or text when there is a spike in drug overdoses in our community. 

 

Sign up for overdose spike alert emails   

Sign up for overdose spike alert texts


What should you do if there is an overdose spike?

For people who use drugs

Take Steps for safer drug use:

  • Test all drugs for fentanyl before using
  • Carry Narcan® (naloxone) 
  • Get safer use supplies, including fentanyl test strips and Narcan® from our Syringe Services Program : 2705 E. Washington Ave. or 2300 S. Park St. in Madison. You can also ask a pharmacist for Narcan®. 
  • Avoid using street drugs alone; call Never Use Alone at (800) 484-3731

For everyone in our community

Recognize the signs of an overdose: 

  • Pale, sweaty or clammy skin
  • Lips/fingertips turn blue
  • Slow or irregular breathing:  gasping, gurgling, or snoring
  • Difficult or unable to wake
  • Always call 911 if you suspect someone is overdosing
  • Contact the Behavioral Health Resource Center of Dane County for treatment and recovery resources: (608) 267-2244

Resources & Handouts for Service Providers