Residents are urged to stay safe. 

The Sioux Lookout OPP is reporting that fentanyl has been found in local street drugs. Officers say have received numerous calls for service regarding people overdosing while using street drugs. There is believed to be more fenatnyl-laced drugs in Sioux Lookout. 

The most recent incident involved a female using what she believed to be cocaine. The female became unresponsive and was sent to the hospital via ambulance. Once at the hospital, she received overdose treatment. Police are urging the public to immediately report an overdose, and to call 911. 

Anyone with any information is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

In August 2017, Ontario announced a strategy to provide relief to those affected by the opioid crisis, including adding more front-line-harm-reduction workers, expanding the supply of the overdose reversal drug naloxone, and creating rapid access addiction clinics in every region of the province. In total, Ontario is investing over $222 million over 3 years to enhance Ontario's Strategy to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Overdose.

The number of hospitalized Canadians due to opioid poisoning is growing, according to new statistics published by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017, an average of 16 Canadians were hospitalized each day due to opioid poisoning. Two years ago, the average was just 13 people per day. Statistics show that more than 50 per cent of the cases were considered accidental. The report shows that youth aged 15 – 24, and adults aged 25 – 44 had the fastest growing opioid poisoning rates. Studies show two Ontarians die every day from a fentanyl overdose.

Naloxone kits are distributed for free across Ontario. Naloxone blocks or reverses the effects of opioid medication, including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, or loss of consciousness. 

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