Opioid suspected overdoses suddenly spike in Simcoe-Muskoka area
Naloxone kits are available at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Photo by Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health Nurse Julie Verch.
Another spike in opioid overdoses is causing concern for local health officials.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says from June 17th to the 26th there were 44 visits to emergency rooms in the region for suspected opioid overdoses. Officials say most of the visits were to Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and the majority of those affected were women between the ages of 15 and 44. However, some visits were logged in Muskoka as well.
The health unit is warning recreational drug users to be cautious as fentanyl has been found to be mixed in with many illegal drugs. If you are doing drugs, make sure you’re not alone and pick up a free naloxone kit at a health unit office or pharmacy.
You can follow the drug overdose tracking on the SMDHU website.