ROSEBURG, Ore. – The Roseburg HIV Alliance is taking action after health officials put out a warning about an increase in opioid overdoses in Douglas County.
Officials from the Douglas Public Health Network said there have been nine reported overdoses this week with all of them spanning between 72 hours. They said there has been one death among the nine.
Officials said they believe heroin laced with fentanyl could be responsible for the increase.
In response, the Roseburg HIV Alliance have started pinpointing areas throughout the county where overdoses may be the most common, like homeless camps and shelters.
Staff said they are going into those areas and giving free naloxone kits to those who want them. The drug is used to reverse opioid overdoses and is more commonly known as Narcan.
They are also training those people how to use the kits on the spot. Staff said they’re offering both nasal and injection naloxone kits.
“We advocate not injecting alone,” said Dane Zahner, the prevention and harm manager. “That they safeguard themselves and do it in a group, you know.”
Officials from the Douglas Public Health Network said there haven’t been any new cases since they released their last warning. However, Zahner said there could be dozens of cases that haven’t been reported at all.
Zahner said naloxone kits are always available free of charge at their clinic on West Luellen Drive.