Overdose volumes a concern for Muskoka Paramedics
District Councilors heard that opioid related response volumes continue to be a problem for Muskoka Paramedics, with more than double the calls for assistance since 2018.
With proper use, the synthetic derivative can be an effective method for pain control, however, misuse and potency - being 10,000 times more potent than its natural form - can often result in addiction and unintentional overdosing, due to the impact on the respiratory system.
Bystanders are encouraged to call 911 immediately, be prepared to perform CPR, and wait until paramedics arrive, as the information they provide can be helpful.
Muskoka Prescription Opioid Prevention Strategy (MPOPS) and the Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy (SMOS) continue to monitor trends, distribute Naloxone kits - a drug used to reverse opioid overdose – and work on reducing risks of use in the community.