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Signs Of Progress In Opioid Strategy

Midhurst | by Matt Sitler  

Slight drop in opioid related overdose deaths in first 6 months of 2018, more counsellors hired.

The number of overdose deaths appears to be levelling off in Simcoe-Muskoka.

Janice Greco is with the local health unit, and is involved in the Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy.

She says the number of deaths has stabilized after rising the last few years,  though the number of hospitalizations is increasing.

Greco says the strategy is focusing on several areas-including opening three new rapid treatment clinics.

She says this is to provide better and quicker access to treatment for those people seeking it, as well as more opioid addiction counsellors in the region.

In the area of harm reduction,  Greco says they have done a really good job getting naloxone out far and wide.

Naloxone is used on a person to reverse an opioid overdose.

In Simcoe-Musoka there have been 31 confirmed and four more probable opioid related deaths in the first six months of this year, down slightly from 2017.

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