Drug Strategy News

Posted On Monday, January 22, 2024

From January 10th to 22nd, there have been six suspected drug overdose/poisoning-related deaths in Waterloo Region. Four deaths occurred in the last week.
Over the past month, the Drug Checking Program at the Kitchener CTS detected samples of fentanyl combined with other substances, including Para-fluorofentanyl, Bromazolam, and Xylazine. Details about these substances are included in the PDF drug alert.
The unregulated drug supply is unpredictable and unexpected reactions...

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Posted On Wednesday, November 15, 2023

The Overdose Monitoring Alert and Response System (OMARS) is issuing an Overdose Alert for Waterloo Region.
There has been an increased number of overdoses/drug poisonings (44 reported cases) from November 7th to November 14th, along with 2 suspected deaths.
The Drug Checking Program at the Kitchener CTS recently detected 2 fentanyl samples containing ketamine.
For more information, check the full Community Drug Alert , November 15th, 2023 release.

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Posted On Friday, October 27, 2023

The Overdose Monitoring Alert and Response System (OMARS) is issuing and Overdose Alert for Waterloo Region. There has been an increased number of overdoses/drug poisonings (33 reported cases) from October 21 to 26 and twenty-one cases reported in the last 48 hours. For more information, check the full  Community Drug Alert , October 27, 2023 release.

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Posted On Wednesday, September 06, 2023

The Overdose Monitoring Alert and Response System (OMARS) is issuing and Overdose Alert for Waterloo Region. There has been an increased number of overdoses/drug poisonings (31 reported cases) from August 31st to September 3rd. There can be increased risk of death from drug toxicity during very hot weather. A list of Cooling Centre locations and hours can be found at: http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/coolingandwarmingcentres. For more information, check the full Community Drug...
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Posted On Thursday, August 17, 2023

International Overdose Awareness Day 2023 International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is observed annually on August 31 st and is an internationally recognized as a day of remembrance for individuals that have died from overdose.
Across Canada, including in Waterloo Region, drug poisonings and drug poisoning deaths have been increasing to unprecedented levels each year. In 2021, 110 people in our region died from confirmed opioid-related deaths. In 2022, there were 89 probable opioid-related deaths and as of August...

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