HOSPITALS TO BEGIN TRACKING OPIOID OVERDOSES
3/20/2017 6:57:51 AM


Starting April 1st, Ontario Hospitals will start tracking opioid overdoses on a weekly basis. Trends and findings will then be sent to municipalities, public health offices and hospitals every month. Dr. Paula Stewart, the Medical Officer of Health with the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit goes over why this is important.

She says there's a current system already in place, but it's not specific enough.

In 2015, 710 people died from an opioid-related overdose. 551 deaths were caused by opioids; 157 of those directly from Fentanyl. In opioid-alcohol deaths, 37 of the 159 were caused from Fentanyl.
       

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