Prevention specialist addresses recent overdoses in West Tennessee

JACKSON, Tenn. — In a world where overdoses are a reality, we can help to be a part of the solution.

Overdoses have been proven to be reversed by Narcan, and you can help save a life through education and training.

“Year 2020, we saw 31 fatal drug overdose deaths in [Madison County] with about 207 non-fatal overdoses, which were treated in either the back of an ambulance or at our local emergency room, and those people were able to make a full recovery,” said Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist Chandler Haynes.

Not only are people warned about opioids and other drugs, but fentanyl is a major issue as well.

“We have fentanyl being laced into all kinds of different drugs and different kinds of illegal medications, and people are accidentally consuming it and they’re dying,” Haynes said. “So the main thing to do would be to reach out to us and to become trained and to have that experience, and carry Narcan with you everywhere that you go.”

When battling illness and especially mental health disorders, it is important to not self medicate, because it can produce more harm than good.

“39% of people that have a substance use disorder also have mental health conditions that they show symptoms of, so that could be being, you know, dependent upon alcohol, and also showing signs of depression,” Haynes said. “But there’s treatment, there’s help for that.”

Haynes shares Narcan should be available from any mainstream large pharmacy and some local community pharmacies, or by contacting your regional overdose prevention specialist and getting trained.

Addiction/Overdose Resources

  • Learn how to reverse an opioid overdose. Contact your area’s Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist for naloxone/Narcan training
    • Call 800-889-9789
  • To connect with local resources for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) including Buprenorphine and Vivitrol
    • Call 901-367-7550
  • Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line
    • Call 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471)
      Or text “TN” to 741-741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • Call 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)

West Tennessee Overdose Prevention,Treatment, and Recovery Resources

  • Jackson-Madison Prevention Coalition
    •  731-694-0502
  • Memphis Area Prevention Coalition
    • 901-249-2828
  • Weakley County Prevention Coalition
    • 731-514-7951
  • Weakley County Prevention Coalition
    • 731-514-7951
  • Lifeline Peer Project
    • 731-694-2544 / 731-694-3161
  • Find prescription drug drop-off locations:

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