'Opioids and Overdoses: Impact and Strategies' Report Released
Orillia, ON - Today, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Opioids Working Group released
their Opioids and Overdoses: Impact and Strategies report, highlighting the alarming
increase of opioid overdoses and deaths across Ontario. The report contains information
relating to OPP opioid seizures, overdoses and relevant strategies.
Out of concern for the safety of all Ontarians, the OPP is sharing the data to help
prevent the loss of more lives.
- 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
- 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
"Every life matters; meaning every overdose occurrence will be thoroughly investigated.
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." - OPP
Superintendent Bryan MacKillop, Director, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau
The focus of the OPP Opioids Working Group during the past year has been to establish
foundational elements to respond to the opioid crisis and understand the impacts
of overdoses and opioids. New reporting and analytical tools have been made available
to position the OPP to be more proactive in our approach to the opioid crisis.
The Opioids and Overdoses: Impact and Strategies report can be found at opp.ca/opioids
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