Situational Awareness

New Haven Overdoses

Situational Awareness

OVERDOSE ALERT: New Haven is currently experiencing a spike in fatal overdoses citywide, according to ODMAP (Overdose Detection Mapping Application). Preliminary reports indicate at least 6 events have occurred in New Haven between July 3rd and July 11th. We are working closely with DPH to confirm the number of events and identify other vital information to inform messaging and next steps.

NHV Health Dept. will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become known.

Please note drug testing is actively available at 270 Congress Avenue in New Haven with Yale’s Community Health Care Van. Bags tested & what they contain (xylazine, fentanyl etc.) are shared regularly. Click here for the latest testing results

To obtain an overdose response with Naloxone, please visit the New Haven Health Department located at 54 Meadow st, NHV, 9th FL, 06519, Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm.

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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