A startling statistic from the OPP today regarding opioid deaths.
In a report titled "Opioids and Overdoses: Impact and Strategies," it highlights "the alarming increase of opioid overdoses and deaths across Ontario."
The report is the work of the Opioids Working Group and contains information relating to OPP opioid seizures, overdoses, and relevant strategies.
Some key information released today:
- OPP has identified a 35 per cent increase in overdose deaths during the first quarter of 2019, compared to the first quarter of 2018
- Since September 2017, the OPP has administered naloxone on 79 occasions and saved 73 lives
- OPP has administered the highest number of naloxone doses in March and April 2019
- The spirit of the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (GSA) is embedded in all aspects of OPP involvement with the public
The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protection for people who experience or witness an overdose and call 911 or their local emergency number for help.
The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act applies to anyone seeking emergency support during an overdose, including the person experiencing an overdose. The Act protects the person who seeks help, whether they stay or leave from the overdose scene before help arrives. The Act also protects anyone else who is at the scene when help arrives.
"Every life matters; meaning every overdose occurrence will be thoroughly investigated," says OPP Superintendent Bryan MacKillop, "We owe it to each victim to thoroughly investigate every occurrence so we can target those who produce, import and traffic these harmful and deadly substances."
The Opioids and Overdoses: Impact and Strategies report can be found at opp.ca/opioids