A rise in the number of overdoses and drug poisonings in the last week has prompted an alert from the Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy.
From May 31 to June 5, 40 cases of drug poisonings and overdoses have been reported. The substance responsible has not been identified.
WRIDS urges people who use substances to never use alone and if using with a friend, do not use at the exact same time or use the National Overdose Response Service (NORS) at 1-888-688-6677.
Anyone who is involved in an overdose/drug poisoning, including the person needing help and anyone at the scene, is protected from simple possession charges if you call 911 by the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act.
While waiting for Emergency Services to respond, keep extra naloxone on hand; if the person slips back into an overdose/drug poisoning state, administer another dose.
Naloxone kits and harm reduction supplies are free and available for pickup across Waterloo region.
The full alert can be read HERE.