The OPP’s Haliburton Highlands Detachment says the public should be aware of a recent increase in drug overdoses in the region. 

Over the past week, police they’ve attended five drug overdoses, sadly, one resulting in death. 

So far in this year, the local detachment says it’s investigated four drug-related deaths, double 2020 drug-related deaths investigated.

The statement comes less than a week after the local health unit sounded the alarm in response to a recent increase in the number of opioid overdoses in the area. 

The OPP reminds citizens that it is dangerous to use non-prescription drugs from unregulated sources. 

If you or someone you know is planning to use, please take these steps to reduce the risk of an overdose:

  • Make sure someone is aware of when and where you plan to use drugs
  • Be aware of the dose that you are consuming
  • Have a naloxone kit available in case of an overdose
    • Naloxone is a medication that temporarily reverses an overdose by blocking the effects of an overdose. 
    • The effects of the medication are usually quick, however, they are not long-lasting so medical attention should be sought immediately. 
    • To find where you can get a naloxone kit please visit www.ontario.ca/page/getnaloxone-kits-free.

Police encourage the public to always call 911 immediately if you or anyone else you are with is experiencing an overdose. 

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, enacted in 2017, provides some legal protection for individuals who seek emergency help during an overdose. 

The law protects against charges for possessing drugs and violating conditions of a court order for a simple drug possession charge.

When an overdose is occurring the person should be given naloxone immediately after calling 911.