So many people are addicted to drugs today and they need help. Drugs are the root of so many serious problems that the world is suffering from right now. If this continuous, so many more lives will be destroyed, if not lost. Aside from the availability of addiction treatment centers, other initiatives are made with the goal of putting an end to the drug addiction problem.
Just like this committee that has been created to help fight drug addiction in the community. The Brant County Health Unit has recorded a significant reduction in opioid-related deaths, overdoses and emergency visits since the launch of the Brantford-Brant Community Drugs Strategy.
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In 2018, the health unit reported a 35 percent reduction in EMS responses to opioid overdoses and 44 percent fewer visits to the emergency department.
Last year, there were 139 EMS responses related to opioid overdoses, compared to 213 in 2017.
There were 118 emergency department visits for opioid overdoses in 2018 compared to 211 in 2017; and 13 deaths from opioid overdoses from January to September of 2018 compared to 25 in 2017.
While city and health unit officials are pleased by the decreasing trend, Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis said more work is necessary.