A message from the Mulnomah County Health Department: Heroin overdose spike reported in downtown Portland

Multnomah County Health Department is aware of a recent spike in heroin overdoses concentrated in downtown in Portland. 
 
Key messages for anyone who uses heroin or may be at risk of returning to using heroin:

  • Don’t use alone.
  • Don’t mix heroin with alcohol or pills.
  • Carry naloxone and have an overdose plan
  • Know that it may take more than two doses of naloxone to reverse an overdose.
  • Be extra careful if you have been clean for awhile (like jail, detox, hospital, or you just cut back yourself) because your tolerance level may have changed and you may want to use a smaller amount.
  • Consider getting some help. Call 1-800-923-HELP for free, confidential, alcohol/drug counseling and treatment referral.

If you think someone is experiencing an overdose, call 911 and give naloxone if you can.

Please find attached information to print and distribute.

For more information please contact:
Multnomah County Health Department, (503) 988-3030

Jennifer Vines, MD, MPH
Deputy Health Officer
Multnomah County Health Department