Opioid-related emergency room visits remain fairly steady in the Simcoe-Muskoka area.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s updated report shows the 7-week average of emergency room visits grew from 15 to 17 in the region last month. The highest number of opioid-related emergency room visits was the week of May 20th with 22 recorded.

The health unit tracks these details as part of an ongoing strategy to cut down on opioid-related injuries and deaths in the region. The data is gathered weekly from hospitals in Muskoka, Orillia and Barrie.

Health officials are asking anyone using illegal drugs to never use them alone and always have a naloxone kit nearby. The kits can be picked up for free at most pharmacies in Muskoka.

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