Residents urged to be vigilant to help prevent opioid overdoses

Published on: June 7, 2021

As summer approaches and temperatures are warmer, residents are urged to be extra vigilant in helping to prevent opioid overdoses in our community. Historically, there is a rise in the number of local opioid overdoses at this time of year.

In 2020, there were 84 opioid overdoses or deaths recorded in Brant between the months of May and September. During the same period in 2019 there were 50 opioid overdoses or deaths recorded.   

People who use substances are urged to take the following measures to reduce their risk of an overdose:

  • Never use alone.
  • Go slow if you are using a new substance; always take a small test dose first to see how it is going to affect you.
  • Know your source.
  • Carry naloxone – a medication that can temporarily reverse an overdose.
  • Call 9-1-1, even if naloxone has been given.

If you yourself have taken drugs or have drugs in your possession, the Good Samaritan Law can protect you.

The Good Samaritan Law provides immunity from simple possession charges for those who call 9-1-1 in the case of an overdose. This Law is in place to encourage and protect people who are witnessing or experiencing an overdose so they can seek help, and save lives.

For more information about opioids, including what to do if someone has an overdose and where to access harm reduction services, please visit the Brant County Health Unit website.

To see the latest opioid-related statistics, please visit the Brant/Brantford Opioid Information System webpage.

This release is issued by Brant County Health Unit in collaboration with the Brant Community Healthcare System, Brant-Brantford Paramedic Services, Brantford Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Brant FACS and St. Leonard’s Community Services.