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Hope. Help. Here.

Tools and resources for the prevention of, treatment for, and recovery from addiction in Chautauqua County, NY.

Together, we can make a difference. Some ways you can be involved:

Learn

Check out the content on this website as well as other sources of information such as SAMHSA, NIDA, and OASAS.

Follow CombatAddictionCHQ on social media:

Prepare

Get trained in the use of naloxone (Narcan®) and have this life-saving medication handy.

FIND WHERE TO GET NARCAN® BELOW ↓

Safely dispose of any unused medications you have in your house.

Help

Struggling with an addiction, or know someone who is? Help is available right here in Chautauqua County.

Concerned about someone’s substance use? Have a conversation and offer to help. Here are some suggestions.

Have other ideas? Please contact us.

Save a life. Carry Naloxone (Narcan®).

Naloxone (Narcan®) is an emergency medicine that can stop an opioid overdose.

Learn more here.

Free naloxone kits and training are available from:

Evergreen Health at 320 Prather Ave (Jamestown, NY), (716) 847-2441.

– The Chautauqua County Health Department 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.

 

Fentanyl and xylazine (“tranq”) test strips can be obtained for free from:

– Evergreen Health at 320 Prather Ave (Jamestown, NY), (716) 847-2441.

NEW!

Naloxone (Narcan®) is also available free 24/7:

– Jamestown: (Evergreen Health at 320 Prather Avenue)

COMING SOON – Dunkirk: (Safe Point Lighthouse at 303 Main Street)

 

 

Vending machines also have free fentanyl test strips and xylazine (“tranq”) test strips.

Need treatment? Help is close by.

Learn more about the WNY Opioid Addiction Treatment hotline here.

Find more treatment options in the area on our “Find Help” page.

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.

Addiction: Myths and Reality

MYTH: "People have to hit 'rock bottom' before they can get well."
REALITY: This isn't true and it's dangerous. The longer a person waits, the more their addiction is likely to progress. The sooner someone gets help, the better.
MYTH: "Addiction only happens to certain kinds of people."
REALITY: Addiction can happen to anyone, no matter their race, upbringing, personality type, or grade point average. While genetic, social, and psychological risk factors put some people at greater risk, people of all kinds can and do become addicted.
MYTH: ""Addiction medications are just replacing one addiction with another."
REALITY: No. Medications to treat addiction save lives and improve recovery rates. Medications ease withdrawal symptoms to give people the space they need to recover and prevent overdoses. Medications don’t create a high or cause impairment—they allow patients to live full lives.
MYTH: "If you have an addiction, you just don't have enough willpower."
REALITY: This idea will not survive an honest conversation with someone actually struggling with an addiction. Addiction is powerful, and as is true for many conditions, a person may need medical and/or recovery supports to get better.
MYTH: ""People with addiction are hopeless."
REALITY: Not at all. People can and do recover from addiction every single day. In fact, millions of Americans are thriving in recovery right now. We just don’t hear their stories as often. Recovery is possible for everyone.
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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.

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 under the "Find Help" tab.
The Good Samaritan Law protects you from arrest if you call 911 to report an overdose. Learn more.
You can be trained to administer Narcan. Hundreds of Chautauqua County residents already have. Learn more
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.
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