Local Pharmacist Shows His Concerns On Opioid Use

A local pharmacist is sharing his views and thoughts on opioid use in Windsor-Essex.

"I think the awareness is greater, I think the problem has been around for along time," says Rob Modestino. "I think it's becoming more and more of a factor because we're seeing more deaths from it and more abuse of it."

Modestino says there is a problem but believes the problem has been around for a while. He feels more people are abusing the drug and there are more deaths associated with it.

"I currently practice in LaSalle and we've had several situations where we've seen that there is an increase in that community and the biggest concern I have, it's growing amongst young people," he says.

Modestino, who's a current board member for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, says there is an increase in the community.

He operates his own pharmacy in LaSalle (Rob's Whole Health Pharmacy) on Sprucewood Ave. near Malden Rd.

Last month, the local health unit released a report that shows the 2015 rate of opioid-related deaths in Windsor-Essex was two times greater than the provincial rate and increased nearly 190% over an eight-year span. The report says there were 382 opioid-related visits to emergency departments, with 43 people dying.

A new report from the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network says opioid related deaths in the province have almost quadrupled over the last 25 years.

According to the report, there were 734 deaths in 2015 compared to 144 in 1991.