Paramedics Are Seeing Huge Increases For Opioid Overdose Calls
On the frontlines of the war against opioid abuse, Muskoka’s paramedics are seeing staggering increases so far this year.
During the most recent District of Muskoka council meeting, councillors received an update on the opioid situation in Muskoka from Stuart McKinnon of Muskoka Paramedic Services and the news was troubling.
According to McKinnon, there was a 43% increase in opioid related calls for assistance in the first seven months of 2019 compared to 2018.
The call locations, time of day and the day of the week are sporadic which makes it difficult to identify specific areas of impact or trends, he said.
Members of the Paramedic Services management team work with the Muskoka Drug Strategy and the Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy teams.
Among other things the groups focus on information, education, and resources to help those impacted by opioids. They've also hosted local opioid education events, and paramedics have taken part in educational visits at local schools.