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Overdose calls in region now above 2020 levels

Waterloo Region's overdose monitoring report indicates there have been 1,244 calls so far in 2021, officially surpassing the number of calls for all of 2020
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It's a troubling trend that continues to intensify.

As naloxone continues to be administered at levels not seen in at least three years in Waterloo Region, overdose calls are climbing much higher.

There have been 1,244 calls in 2021, one call more than the entirety of 2020, and there's still two months left to go.

Naloxone has been used 160 times in 2021.

For comparison, last year saw 110 uses and there were 120 uses in 2019.

It comes after an overdose alert was issued on Tuesday, stemming from 21 separate overdose calls over the weekend.

That also came with a reminder for users to take precautions, including never using alone, carrying naloxone and visiting the Consumption and Treatment Services site in downtown Kitchener.