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NYS OASAS helping to raise awareness about overdose prevention at the New York State Fair

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  • Concetta Durso 

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) today announced a series of initiatives happening at the 2022 New York State Fair to help educate the public on overdose prevention opportunities, and encouraged attendees to visit the agency information booth to take advantage of the important tools being made available free of charge.

OASAS is hosting a booth in the Science and Industries Building each day of the fair, with staff present to answer questions and provide important information about the range of Prevention, Treatment, Harm Reduction, and Recovery services available. On August 31st, Commissioner Dr. Chinazo Cunningham will also be on hand to help promote agency initiatives and the availability of additional life-saving tools in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day

“Across the country, we are continuing to see unprecedented numbers of overdoses. We need to do everything possible to help reverse this trend and save more lives. We are taking advantage of our presence at the New York State Fair to help raise awareness and make critical resources available for those in attendance, OASAS Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham said. “We also want to ensure that people know how to access OASAS educational opportunities, services, and assistance to help keep their families and communities safe and healthy.”

On August 31st, special items will also be available at no cost to support overdose prevention efforts, including:

  • Deterra drug deactivation bags to safely dispose of unwanted/unused medication
  • Medication lock bags to keep prescriptions safe and ensure use is only as intended
  • Fentanyl test strips to test substance potency and help prevent accidental overdose

Free naloxone training sessions will be held on August 31st at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Space is limited and registration is encouraged. Interested participants should sign up at the OASAS booth on the day of the events. Naloxone Overdose Prevention Kits will be provided to participants of pre-scheduled trainings.

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369). 

Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, residential, or outpatient care can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard or through the NYS OASAS website

If you, or a loved one, have experienced insurance obstacles related to treatment or need help filing an appeal for a denied claim, contact the CHAMP helpline by phone at 888-614-5400 or email at [email protected].