Situational Awareness

New Haven Overdoses

Situational Awareness

The City of New Haven has experienced an uptick in area overdoses over the last week. Between January 25th and February 6th, 12 fatal overdoses have been reported with clusters in the Hill, Newhallville/Prospect hill. Typically, on an average week about 2 deaths are reported in the city.

Substances have been described as being related to cocaine/crack/white powder, likely contaminated with fentanyl or another opioid.

Paraphernalia found on the scene included: 
  • Baggies/wax folds with the following words on them:
    Prime, Ozark, Fantastic Surprise, Vigilante, Emergen C 
  • Red baggies were also reportedly found.
Please spread the word regarding an unstable drug supply
  1. Never Use Alone: Use the Never Use Alone Hotline if you need to use drugs by yourself, an operator will stay on the line with you and call in case you become unresponsive. Call 1-800-484-3731 to get connected. 
  2. Have Naloxone on hand – the New Haven Health Department, the Quinnipiack Valley Health District & other community partners such as Yale Community Health Care Van, CT Harm Reduction Alliance/SWAN offer Naloxone kits free of charge. Call/text 203-800-6749
  3. Test any substance (other than cannabis) prior to using. Fentanyl Test Strips are also available from the organizations listed below. Which can tell you yes or no whether your substance contains fentanyl. 

The Yale Syringe Service Program also has new drug testing technology; anyone is welcome to bring their drugs for testing, no questions asked Monday-Friday 9:30AM-3:30PM to 270 Congress Avenue.

For harm reduction resources including fentanyl test strips, Naloxone, safe smoking kits etc. contact any of the following organizations.

CTHRA/SWAN: Their mobile unit can be found on Ferry & Grand, Monday-Friday 6:30AM-3:30PM; or call 203-935-5701

Community Health Care Van: 270 Congress Avenue, Monday-Friday 9:30AM-3:30PM 

MATT Bridges Van: Call or text 203-494-5811, visit for schedule details

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