Seven-county area sees rash of ‘Smurf Dope’ overdoses

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HAZARD, Ky. (WTVQ) – Health care officials in a seven-county area are warning of a rash of overdoses.

The Kentucky River District Health Department issued an “Overdose Alert!” on its Facebook page this week, reporting five overdoses in the seven counties it serves since Friday.

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“This area has experienced a recent increase in overdoses, some fatal, related to ‘smurf dope’! ‘Smurf Dope’ is a vibrant blue meth laced with fentanyl or heroin,” the department described.

Kentucky River Harm Reduction Specialist Brad Brewer said, “Naloxone kits are available for free at all of the local health departments in our service area. Knowing how to use Naloxone and keeping it within reach can save a life.”

Contact JoAnn Vanzant with Operation Unite at 606-407-1360 for treatment help, added he department, which serves Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry and Wolfe counties.