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Alert: Increase in Suspected Opioid Overdoses in Brant

Date: January 13, 2020

Issue: Increase in Suspected Opioid Overdoses in Brant

Over the weekend there were four suspected overdose deaths reported in Brant. These are currently under investigation by Brantford Police Service.

From January 1 to January 12, 2020, Brant EMS and Brantford Police responded to a total of 17 opioid overdose incidents, including four deaths. There were an average of 13 overdose incidents per month in 2019.

Information about drug types that contributed to the overdose incidents is unavailable at this time, but illicit drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil are known to be circulating in the community.

Reduce your risk of an overdose:

  • Never use alone.
  • Go slow if you are using a new substance; always take a small test dose first to see how it is going to affect you.
  • Know your source.
  • Carry naloxone – a medication that can temporarily reverse an overdose.
  • Call 9-1-1, even if naloxone has been given.

For more information about opioids, including what to do if someone has an overdose and where to access harm reduction services, please visit the Brant County Health Unit website.

To see the latest opioid-related statistics, please visit the Brant/Brantford Opioid Information System webpage.

This Alert is issued by Brant County Health Unit in collaboration with the Brant Community Healthcare System, Brant/Brantford Paramedic Services, Brantford Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, and St. Leonard’s.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Ryan Spiteri
Manager, Communications
Brant County Health Unit
519-753-4937 ext. 298
Ryan.Spiteri@bchu.org

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