MAYVILLE – Overdoes deaths in Chautauqua County are on the decline for the first time since 2012.
The Chautauqua Substance Abuse Response Partnership reports a 30 percent reduction in fatal overdoses occurring from 2017 to 2018.
The group says the reduction is thanks in part to outpatient clinics and inpatient rehabs operate in both the northern and southern portions of the county.
In 2018, almost 30 percent more county residents received treatment for opioid use than in 2016.
A new, long-term residential program has recently opened at UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown.
Peer support services through the Mental Health Association are also available in both Jamestown and Dunkirk.
“The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene is glad to lead the activities of the Chautauqua Substance Abuse Response Partnership,” said Patricia Brinkman, Chautauqua County Community Mental Hygiene Services Director. “This project, supported by grant funds, will further support the collaborative work to combat the opioid crisis in the county.”
The Chautauqua Substance Abuse Response Partnership was established under a Rural Communities Opioid Response Program grant awarded to the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene.