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Naloxone use doubled year-over-year in Waterloo Region

There were 10 more overdose-related deaths reported between March 8 and April 7, putting the total in 2021 to 26
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Naloxone nasal spray. GuelphToday photo

Overdose-related deaths and calls for service are staying around the same point seen in Waterloo Region this year.

However, naloxone is being used more frequently.

There were 10 suspected overdose deaths between March 8 and April 7, according to the Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy.

It puts the total deaths reported this year to 26, the same number of deaths reported in the first three months of 2020.

As for overdose-related calls, it hit 380 for 2021, including 143 in the month of March.

Year-to-date, calls for service are roughly the same as what we saw in the last couple years (371 in 2020, 375 in 2019).

But naloxone use has gone up quite a bit, with 55 such uses so far this year.

For comparison, naloxone was used 58 times between January and June 2020.

It was used 110 times in all of last year locally.

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