Overdose Spike Alerts

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We 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.

Sign up for overdose spike alert emails

Sign up for overdose spike alert texts

What can cause a spike?

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

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

Who should sign up for Overdose Spike Alerts?

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

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 and Xylazine before using
  • Carry Narcan® (naloxone) 
  • Get safer use supplies, including fentanyl and Xylazine 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 (877) 696-1996

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

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