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50% Increase In Opioid Deaths Reported By Health Unit

Posted: 2019-07-03 09:27:16 By: hbr

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is warning that in the first four months of this year there has been a 50 per cent increase in deaths in Ontario from carfentanil, a powerful synthetic opioid. Carfentanil is many times more potent than other opioids.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit recommends that anyone who uses drugs should take specific precautions.

  • Make sure there is a supply of overdose treatment such as Naloxone close at hand.
  • Carry Naloxone and know how to use it to help anyone in an opioid overdose.
  • Don’t use drugs alone. If that’s not possible, ask a friend to check in on you.

Last year there were 73 confirmed and five probable deaths from opioids in Simcoe Muskoka. For the last two years there have been sharp increases in opioid-related deaths in the month of August in Simcoe Muskoka.

For more information about opioids see www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/opioids