Let's Heal Together.
Tools and resources for the prevention of, treatment for, and recovery from drug addiction in Chautauqua County, NY.
In a Crisis?
Call 911 for a medical emergency or go to the nearest emergency department.
If you are experiencing a personal crisis or are in emotional distress, call the 24/7 Chautauqua County Crisis line at 1-800-724-0461.
If you need someone to talk to about how you’re feeling, the Warmline is available 24/7 at 1-877-426-4373 or send a text to 716-392-0252.
Together, we can break the stigma
MYTH: An addiction is a moral failing.
FACT: An addiction is a brain disorder. An addiction is an illness, just as heart disease and cancer are illnesses.
MYTH: People who are addicted to drugs are bad people.
FACT: People with a drug addiction might be moody, have memory loss, or even have trouble thinking and making decisions. This is because of the changes in their brain from the drugs. It does not mean someone is a bad person.
MYTH: People who try drugs are weak and should just stop.
FACT: An addiction is not a weakness. Someone who is addicted does not want to remain addicted. They need help just like someone with diabetes or asthma needs help.
In Chautauqua County
Buprenorphine (= Suboxone and related medications), used in the treatment of opioid use disorder, is easier to access now in Chautauqua County than ever before. Find treatment providers here.
The Good Samaritan Law protects you from arrest if you call 911 to report an overdose.
You can be trained to administer Narcan. Hundreds of Chautauqua County residents already have. Learn more here
Youth surveys show that the vast majority of youth in Chautauqua County do not use alcohol, drugs, or nicotine.
Treatment services – from outpatient counseling to inpatient rehab to long-term residential – are all available in Chautauqua County.
The Mental Health Association now has peer support services in northern Chautauqua County.
Reverse an overdose. Carry Naloxone.
Naloxone (Narcan) is an emergency medicine that can stop an opioid overdose.
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If you would like to carry naloxone, free naloxone kits and training are available from:
Evergreen Health at (716) 847-2441.
The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services at (716) 753-6724.
The Mental Health Association offers online training right on their website - and they'll even bring the naloxone to you!
You can also text the Erie County Department of Health at (716) 225-5473 and they will arrange to send free naloxone to you.
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Do you have prescription coverage as part of your health insurance plan? If you do, you can use the New York State Naloxone Co-payment Assistance Program (N-CAP) to cover up to $40 in prescription co-payments so there are no or lower out-of-pocket expenses when getting naloxone at a participating pharmacy.
Many New York State pharmacies provide naloxone through a “standing order” which means you can get the medication at these pharmacies without a prescription from your doctor.