Health officials: increase of overdoses due to “smurf dope”

HAZARD, Ky. (MTN) — The Kentucky River District Health Department has released a statement regarding reports of a recent increase of overdoses in Eastern Kentucky.

According to a Facebook post from the Kentucky River District Health Department, “this area has experienced a recent increase in overdoses, some fatal, related to smurf dope, a vibrant blue meth laced with fentanyl or heroin.”

Brad Brewer, Harm Reduction Specialist for the KRDHD says that Naloxone HCl (Narcan) kits are available for free at all local health departments in their service area.

NARCAN (naloxone HCl) nasal spray is the first and only FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. NARCAN nasal spray counteracts the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose.

“Knowing how to use Naloxone and keeping it within reach can save a life,” states Brewer.

The post says to contact the health department’s community partner, JoAnn Vanzant with Operation Unite at 606-407-1360 for treatment or help.