December 11, 2023

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The primary 5 months of the yr noticed 13 folks in Fort McMurray die from drug poisonings, in line with information from Alberta Well being, and 11 of these deaths included opioids. The opioids had been non-pharmaceutical. The information additionally exhibits methamphetamine was current in at the very least three deaths, and cocaine was current in  at the very least two deaths every.

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Final yr, seven folks in Fort McMurray died from drug poisonings between January and Could. A complete of 19 folks died in 2022.

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Half of the Fort McMurray deaths reported up till the top of March occurred at residence, adopted by 25 per cent of deaths occurring at another person’s residence. Deaths in resort rooms or in public every accounted for just below 13 per cent of deadly drug poisonings in Fort McMurray.

As of June, Emergency Medical Providers (EMS) have responded to 49 calls associated to drug poisonings. EMS responded to 100 calls associated to drug poisonings in 2022.

Drug poisoning deaths throughout Alberta fell for the primary time in 4 months. The 156 deaths nonetheless symbolize a rise of greater than 13 per cent in comparison with the identical month final yr.

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Alberta averaged about 5 drug poisoning deaths per day in Could, with three of the ten highest month-to-month totals thus far being recorded within the first 5 months of this yr. Could’s dying rely tied for the eleventh highest mark in a single month. The 5 deadliest months, as measured by the variety of deaths from all substances, have all come since October 2021.

Thus far in 2023, there have been 803 drug poisoning deaths in contrast with 769 on the similar level in 2022, a rise of simply over 4 per cent. April marked the province’s second-deadliest month thus far for drug poisoning deaths with 188, trailing solely the 192 deaths recorded in November of 2021.

The variety of EMS responses to opioid calls additionally rose in the newest information, as of Aug. 14. There have been 238 calls that week in contrast with 205 the week earlier.

The identical information exhibits 15 of the 25 busiest weeks for responses have are available 2023. 4 of the highest 5 weeks got here final month, together with a document excessive 358 calls within the week of July 3.

Should you or somebody you recognize is utilizing substances, don’t use alone. If you’re utilizing alone, you’ll be able to contact the Nationwide Overdose Response Service at 1-888-688-NORS for help, or obtain the BRAVE or DORS app.

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-with reporting from Matthew Black

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