The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have released the 2019 Opioids and Overdoses: Impacts and Strategies report, highlighting statistics, trends and impacts in relation to opioids in OPP policed communities.
OPP officials say the report contains information outlining opioid seizures, overdoses and relevant strategies as well as a progress report on previous priorities.
OPP officials say the OPP have prepared this report in an effort to remain transparent and provide the citizens of Ontario with an accurate depiction of the impacts opioids continue to have within our province.
The 2019 Opioids and Overdoses: Impacts and Strategies reviews statistics from across Canada, the Province of Ontario as well as in OPP specific areas of responsibility.
“There are no excuses in today’s environment for these harmful drugs to be distributed through our communities,” stated OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique in a media release.
“One person is dying every 4.7 hours in Ontario from opioids. We will continue to pursue those who are knowingly trafficking harmful opioids, such as fentanyl, and we will hold them responsible for their actions. We will do this while supporting our social and health services partners in a collective effort to help those impacted by this crisis.”
OPP officials say key findings in 2019:
– The OPP has identified a 34 per cent increase in overdose-related deaths in 2019 as compared to overdose-related deaths in 2018;
– Since September 2017, OPP officers have saved 177 lives by administering naloxone (as of date of this release);
– In an effort to promote the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (GSDOA), the OPP conducted a very comprehensive public awareness campaign that spanned the country;
– Holding drug traffickers, responsible for overdose related deaths, accountable – the OPP laid 102 charges in 12 overdose-related death investigations in 2019, a 500 per cent increase over 2018.
OPP officials say the focus of the OPP over the past year has been to establish foundational elements and reliable data ensuring a balanced and evidence based approach.
New partnerships have been forged in an effort to share information more effectively, positioning the OPP to continue its proactive and layered response to the opioid crisis.
The 2019 Opioids and Overdoses: Impact and Strategies report can be found at opp.ca/opioids.