Ulster County warns of rise in overdoses and opioid-related deaths

Ulster County is alerting the public to an alarming rise in overdoses and opioid-related deaths this month. 
Officials say the county has seen 39 overdoses so far in August, including seven fatalities. 
They say one person who died was a 14-year-old girl. 
Officials are hoping to raise awareness and are urging people to reach out to the Ulster County sheriff’s opioid-crisis program, ORACLE, if they need help. 
“We really want people to know - forget about the stigma. Pick up the phone,” said Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa. “Let’s get through the month of August with no more overdoses. No more deaths. There’s help out there if you need it. Call.” 
If you or someone you know in Ulster County needs help with addiction, you can reach ORACLE program counselors by calling 888-996-0940.