Report 38 folks died of opioid overdose in Toronto in January

The town set a grim new file in January after 38 people died due to a suspected opioid overdose, Toronto Public Well being stated Friday.

TPH confirmed that Toronto Paramedic Providers responded to 38 requires suspected opioid overdose deaths final month, which prompted a drug alert to be issued.

“That is the best variety of opioid overdose-related deaths reported by paramedics in a month since we started monitoring in 2017,” TPH stated in a launch.

It surpassed the earlier excessive of 34 opioid deaths recorded in December 2020. TPH famous that their information doesn’t seize all drug-related deaths.

On the final weekend of January, TPH stated town’s paramedic companies obtained the best variety of suspected opioid overdose calls in a 24-hour period, attending to 40 incidents.

“We offer this information with respect and a deep appreciation for what they imply, and the way they check with our family members, associates, households and colleagues,” TPH stated.

“We mourn the lack of lives to a long-standing drug poisoning disaster which has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Whereas there isn’t a accessible data right now on the medicine concerned, TPH stated teal- or turquoise-coloured medicine, together with shades of blue, have been tied to some overdoses at The Works, a supervised injection web site in downtown Toronto. In the meantime, red- or burgundy-coloured medicine have been linked to overdoses within the metropolis’s northwest.

Toronto’s Drug Checking Service has additionally not too long ago found increased quantities of fentanyl, carfentanil, and central nervous system depressants in drug samples.

Mayor John Tory had stated that these deaths are “tragic, unacceptable and proof of an actual well being disaster” that can’t proceed and must be fastened.