Opioid overdose visits in Simcoe Muskoka trend higher over summer
Naloxone kits are available at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Photo by Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health Nurse Julie Verch.
Health officials are seeing a spike in opioid-related emergency room visits this summer.
According to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, the average number of visits per week climbed into the 20s starting in July. This jumped from the average 15 visits per week to hospitals in the Simcoe and Muskoka region. The summer jump falls in line with a similar trend last year, where the region was seeing more than 20 visits on average per week up until November.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit recently released its Opioid Strategy, partnering local health, emergency officials and authorities together to push back against the increase in opioid-related overdoses. You can find more about that strategy here.
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