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NWHU sees increase in drug overdoses

By Tim Davidson May 6, 2024 | 11:06 AM

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The Northwestern Health Unit says there continues to be a higher number of reports of drug overdoses than usual.

That despite a warning last month and it says the situation has not improved.

Surveillance at the Emergency Room at Lake of the Woods District Hospital shows an increase in visits due to drug overdoses.

Donna Stanley is the Director of Health Protection at Northwestern Health Unit and says the drug you think you purchased may be contaminated or laced with fentanyl or other drugs that make opioids stronger.

She adds that the OPP have indicated there may be a ‘bad batch’ of opioids and fentanyl in the area.

Although the risk is being reported in the Kenora area, people across the region are urged to take measures to decrease the chance of overdose including carrying Naloxone when using drugs and not using drugs alone.