80 suspected overdose deaths in Waterloo region so far this year

80 suspected overdose deaths in waterloo region so far this year

Sumary of 80 suspected overdose deaths in Waterloo region so far this year:

  • Eighty people in Waterloo region have died from suspected overdoses so far this year.
  • The Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy provided updated numbers on Tuesday.
  • “It’s absolutely devastating — the folks that we have lost to opioid addictions,” said Helen Fishburn, CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington.
  • In 2020, there were a total of 102 suspected overdose deaths in the region.
  • A spike in drug use Fishburn said there has been increased use and abuse of drugs during the pandemic.
  • With still more than a month left in 2021, this year’s number is the highest since at least 2018, the earliest year data has been released online by Waterloo Region Integrated Drug Strategy.
  • Toxic supply On Tuesday, the region issued an overdose alert after light blue, teal or turquoise fentanyl, causing an increased risk of overdoses, was found in the community.

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