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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Overdoses Continue To Rise In Simcoe Muskoka

Midhurst | by Mariane McLeod  
Safe injection site a possibility as a way to tackle the number of opioid-related deaths.

There might be a safe-injection site proposed for our area, as the number of opioid-related deaths continues to rise.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says it's still working on its strategy to combat the drug deaths, but is hoping to have the plan in place in the next four months.

The plan is expected to include education programs for employers to spot an addiction in its early stages, and programs for healthcare providers. 

The Health Unit says it's studying the possibility of creating a safe consumption or injection site for addicts, which would also offer counselling and treatment. 

Health Canada would have to approve the site before it could be opened.  

In 2016,  there were 46 opioid-related deaths in Simcoe Muskoka--50 per cent higher than the year before

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