MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County has set up a new website to help those struggling from substance abuse.
County Executive P.J. Wendel announced Wednesday afternoon the creation of CombatAddictionCHQ.com to help connect residents with local addiction resources.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wendel says there has been an increase in opioid overdoes likely due to increased stress cause by the epidemic.
Officials also urged residents to learn about and consider carrying Narcan to help in the event of an overdose. In fact, Wendel says as an EMT he has used Narcan to stop overdoses.
“In my car as I drive around as County Executive unfortunately, I hear when these overdoses are taking place,” said Wendel. “One of the days in recent weeks there were two simultaneous overdoses taking place on the same block in the City of Jamestown.”
Wendel says in many cases, the hardest thing for those struggling with substance abuse is to simply reach out for help.
He says the website should make it easier for everyone to be connected with resources.
The database is broken up into several categories offering information to learn about drug addiction, finding help and what to do if they, or someone they know, is in crisis.
An over $1 million federal grant through the Health Resources Administration of the Federal Government made launching the site possible.
Wendel was joined by Pat Brinkman the director of the county’s Mental Hygiene Department for the announcement.