Alert issued after 11 opioid overdoses reported

A rise in opioid overdoses in Windsor-Essex this week has sparked alarm.

The Windsor-Essex Community Opioid and Substance Strategy (WECOSS) noted an increase in opioid-related emergency department visits in the region between November 3-9, prompting the system to sound an alert.

WECOSS reported 11 opioid-related overdose incidents during the period. Four of them involved fentanyl.

“These values ​​exceed the two-year and five-year historical averages for the current week in question, and are more than two standard deviations above the average,” read the WECOSS alert. “These values ​​warrant public vigilance.”

The alert is the ninth to be issued in 2022.

WECOSS is a group of agencies that includes the Windsor-Essex County Health Department, the City of Windsor-Essex (including the City of Windsor), Windsor Police, Ontario Provincial Police, LaSalle Police, Essex- Windsor Emergency Medical Services, Windsor Regional Hospital, Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, and others.

Complete information on alerts, and how to recognize an opioid overdose.allowable WECOSS official website.

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