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CanadaAt least 19 people died in November of suspected opioid overdoses in Toronto, paramedics say

06:05  07 december  2018
06:05  07 december  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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At least 19 people died from suspected opioid overdoses in the city in November, the most in a month this year, according to paramedic records published by Toronto Public Health.

Paramedics reported 281 calls for suspected opioid overdoses in November in which people did not die, up from 250 in October, but lower than in July, August and September.

The paramedic count of suspected opioid overdoses is preliminary and subject to change and may underestimate the true number of overdoses in the city, according to Toronto Public Health’s Overdose Information System.

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At least 146 people died of suspected opioid overdoses in Toronto in 2018, according to data from city paramedics . The tally, which includes all suspected Toronto Public Health began monitoring paramedic reports of suspected opioid overdoses in August 2017 and publishes the data through

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That’s in part because not all opioid overdoses in the city necessarily result in a 911 call involving paramedics. Also, any patient who dies in hospital after being transported there alive by paramedics might appear in the data as a “non-fatal” overdose.

A paramedic’s assessment of an opioid overdose may also may differ from a hospital’s ultimate diagnosis, or the coroner’s call on cause of death.

According to separate data maintained Public Health Ontario, Toronto saw 308 deaths from opioid-related causes in 2017.

Toronto Public Health launched the Overdose Information System in the Aug. 2017, at a time when opioid-related deaths in the city were spiking.

In Aug. 2017, paramedics reported 24 deaths due to suspected opioid overdoses and 396 non-fatal calls. The number rose to 27 fatal and 373 non-fatal calls in Sept. 27.

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More than nine hundred people a week die from opioid -related overdoses , and some experts say the death toll may not peak for years. The DEA reduced production quotas for pharmaceutical manufacturers by at least 25 percent that year for opioids categorized as Schedule II drugs, or those

Toronto Paramedic Services is collaborating with Toronto Public Health to share information on calls for suspected opioid overdoses received by paramedics in Toronto . This includes the number and location of cases where the responding paramedic suspects an opioid overdose .

Paramedics have responded to a weekly average of three fatal and 61 non-fatal calls since Aug. 2017.

The greatest density of overdose calls is in the city’s downtown core.

Toronto Public Health last month released its first report on a full year’s worth of paramedics data. It found in part that the city is best-equipped to prevent deaths from opioid overdoses downtown due to the prevalence of treatment services such as overdose prevention sites.

Stefanie Marotta is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @StefanieMarotta

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