10/12/2017 6:50:06 PM

The opioid crisis in Grey Bruce was addressed at Saugeen Shores council on Wednesday night as Chief Nursing Officer and Program Manager of the Grey Bruce Health Unit Sarah Ellis and the Program Director of Hope Grey Bruce addiction services Dave Roy made their presentation.

In 2014, there were 481 motor vehicle deaths in Ontario, but there were 673 deaths that were opioid-related.

That means that on average, 1 person dies every 12 hours in the province from an opioid overdose.

Roy and Ellis say that these days, 1 in 170 deaths in Ontario is related to opioid use.

According to them, 9 deaths between 2010 and 2014 were due to overdoses of fentanyl in our area and those numbers are rising.

Roy says that to effectively help people in the area, we need to stop stigmatizing drug use.


Deputy Mayor and Board Chair of the Police Services board Luke Charbonneau says that local officers will soon be equipped with naloxone kits in an effort to protect them, and to have readily available in case of a drug related emergency. He says that the opioid crisis is real and first responders and police deal with it on a daily basis.
Naloxone is used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose.

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