Some startling stats from Hamilton public health show the city’s opioid-related death rate has skyrocketed past that of the province.
Between January and October 2017 there were 70 confirmed and five suspected opioid related deaths in the city.
That’s 78 per cent higher than the provincial rate and nearly double the city’s 2016 rate.
Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health, says the numbers are disappointing.
Richardson says one positive is that there are more resources on the ground than ever before.
Nearly 300 naloxone kits have been distributed this year, reviving 78 lives.
Richardson says the city’s board of health will consider adding Hamilton fire to a growing list of community partners with access to the kits, during a meeting next week.