13 deaths in the Waterloo region in 2018 due to drug overdose

13 deaths in the Waterloo region in 2018 due to drug overdose
Opioids are a growing concern not only in the Waterloo region, but throughout North America.
The Waterloo Regional Police Services confirm that there were 13 deaths in 2018 due to drug overdose.
WRPS Police Chief Bryan Larkin says that most of the occurrences are confined to a place where we can all relate.
They are happening in residential neighborhoods. We probably think that is related to people who are using alone. Our safety message is that if you use an opioid, you should always use it with another person, you should have a support mechanism. ”
The Chief says that non-fatal overdoses generally occur in central areas because access to naloxone and other life-saving measures may be available.
Larkin also says that they have received 156 calls about drug overdoses this year.
He went on to say that the naloxone kits were administered 11 times, and that each time they were successful.
Larkin says his organization is committed to reducing the number of deaths.
Supervised injection sites are a tool in the harm reduction tool and we support the approach. ”
Despite the fact that more devastating drugs arrive in the region, Larkin says they have to provide more services instead of increasing the patrol.
We are not going to enforce or stop our exit from the opiate crisis. The way out of this is a collaborative, community-based approach to ensuring that we get people the support and medical care they need. ”
Chief Larkin also addressed the carfentanil epidemic in the Waterloo region.
He said it has been found in seizures made at different points during the past year and are concerned about its prevalence throughout the province. He also notes that the police must adapt to the speed and adaptability of the drug culture.
Carfentanil is 100 times stronger than fentanyl and is used as an animal tranquilizer

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