Overdose deaths in Niagara almost double

The number of Niagara residents who have died from an overdose of drugs has climbed by a staggering 90 percent.

The region's Public Health Committee hearing that despite efforts to manage the opioid crisis, 76 people died last year compared to 40 the year before.

St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik told CKTB earlier this week, the city is waiting for provincial funding to open the region's first supervised injection site in an effort to combat the growing crisis.

Sendzik says "they are looking at all ways and means to stop the addiction and to prevent it from taking root."

However, the city has to wait until after tomorrow's provincial election before finding out if that funding will move forward.

Earlier in the campaign, PC leader Doug Ford said he is "dead against" safe injection sites and believes the focus should be on drug rehabilitation instead.

But Sendzik says he disagrees with Ford because statistics show we need as many tools to help alleviate and divert away from people injecting in our parks and on our streets.