Edmonton councillors to get replace on opioid disaster


The variety of opioid overdose deaths continues to rise throughout Alberta in 2018, in line with a report headed to Edmonton metropolis council’s neighborhood and public companies committee subsequent week. 

The report says 355 individuals within the province died from obvious unintended opioid overdoses from January to June 2018. In the identical interval final yr, 332 individuals died. The quantity rose to 687 overdose deaths by the top of 2017.

On common, greater than two persons are dying each day in Alberta from opioid overdoses.

In Edmonton, the most recent information exhibits a slight drop within the variety of fentanyl deaths. 

Alberta Well being Companies reported 35 fentanyl overdose deaths between April and June this yr, down from a excessive of 55 deaths within the final months of 2017. 

Nonetheless, fentanyl overdose deaths are nonetheless far greater than the numbers recorded within the early months of 2014.

The report highlights the work of the town’s secure injection websites, Edmonton Fireplace Rescue Companies and the provincial opioid emergency response fee.

Secure injection websites at Boyle Road Group Companies and George Spady Centre have reversed not less than 180 overdoses since opening in March and April this yr, in line with the report.

The websites reported 14,997 service visits from 711 distinctive people.

A secure injection web site on the Boyle McCauley Well being Centre is predicted to supply companies by the top of the month, pending a Well being Canada inspection. One other web site on the Royal Alexandra is for sufferers solely.  

Edmonton Fireplace Rescue Companies has administered naloxone, a standard emergency overdose remedy, not less than 84 instances this yr. Firefighters began coaching to make use of naloxone in February final yr and administered it greater than 100 instances by the top of 2017.

The report additionally notes the implementation of a province-wide naloxone distribution program.

The Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response Fee, fashioned in 2017, has helped set up greater than 487 distribution websites in Edmonton. Greater than 22,500 naloxone kits had been distributed at pharmacies, post-secondary campuses and neighborhood companies within the metropolis as of the top of June.

The fee can be trying to increase agonist remedy — corresponding to methadone — on the Royal Alexandra Hospital, College of Alberta Hospital and on the Strathcona Group Hospital in Sherwood Park.

The final opioid disaster replace was delivered to the neighborhood and public companies committee in April.

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