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Alert Issued After High Number Of Opioid Overdoses Reported

Tuesday March 1st, 2022, 8:27pm

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s surveillance and monitoring system has identified an increase in drug-related overdoses between February 21st and February 27th of 2022.

They report that there were a total of eight opioid overdoses reported by Windsor Regional Hospital and Erie Shores Healthcare combined, six of which involved fentanyl.  Officials say that the values fall below the five-year historical average for the current week in question, but are higher than the two-year average.

In addition, Windsor Regional Hospital reported five fentanyl non-overdoses during this same time period, which is relatively high in comparison to historical values. Substance use-related EMS notifications were also received on three consecutive days from February 25th to February 27th, with a total of nine  notifications flagged during this time period.

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