June 29, 2021
Health Unit Warns of Spike in Overdoses in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit along with the Brockville Police Services continue to raise concerns over the escalating overdose crisis in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.
The Health Unit is reporting that in the first 6 months of 2021 they have received 176 reports of overdoses, 126 of which occurred within the City of Brockville. This is a sharp increase compared to 2020, where a 165 overdose reports were received for the entire year. The majority of the overdoses continue to be related to Fentanyl and benzodiazepines. The overdose crisis continues to strain the limited resources available across the tri county area.
The devastating impact of this crisis is felt across the community from people who use substances, their family and friends to the first responders and health care providers.
The ongoing toxic supply of substances, outdated drug policies, and stigma are compounded by the necessary public health measures of the COVID-19 pandemic. The overdose crisis is a complex health and social issue that requires multilevel government and community wide responses to reduce substance use related harms while maintaining essential public health measures to reduce the impact of COVID-19.
Moving forward, Leeds, Grenville and Lanark will continue to face the challenges presented by the overdose crisis and the substance use endemic as well as the long lasting impacts of COVID-19.
People who use substances are encouraged to continue to access harm reduction services through the Smart Works program, Change Health Care and Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health’s Opioid Team. For more information, visit the Drug Use and Harm Reduction section of our website.
For media interviews, contact: or Susan Healey, Communications Co-ordinator, 613-802-0550 or Katie Jackson, Manager, 613-812-0416 or email [email protected]