Rise of Opioid-Related Overdoses Reported in KFL&A area

There has been a recent rise in opioid-related overdoses in the Kingston area.

Opioid-related overdoses continue to increase in our region and across the province, and as more and more drugs are being contaminated with fentanyl, carfentail, and other lethal components.

"We do typically see a rise in overdoses during the summer months. However, over the past two and a half weeks, we've had roughly 7 hospital admissions because of opioid overdoses, which is unusual, even for this time period," says Dr. Fareen Karachiwalla, Associate Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health.

Public Health officials are urging people who do use drugs to never use alone, and to always have a naloxone kit nearby.

Those using are also encouraged to take advantage of the overdose prevention site.

It is a safe, supportive space, where people can engage in the supervised consumption of their substances by community support workers and paramedics trained to respond.

The site is located at the Street Health Centre on Barrack Street and anyone can walk in and access it seven days a week from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Click here for more information about naloxone, and local treatment resources.