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Hastings & Prince Edward Public Health seeing spike in drug deaths, worried about poisoning

Hastings & Prince Edward Public Health is worried that drug poisoning is happening in the region, after seeing a sudden spike in drug-related deaths.

Health unit officials say they’re aware of five deaths in their area between September 19 to 26. That’s significantly more than normal for a week-long period. There’s no word yet on whether any of those deaths were from the North Hastings region.

Health officials are asking drug users to take caution. They say if you must use drugs, don’t use them alone, avoid mixing them and to have a naloxone kit on hand. 

Health unit officials hear what’s happening through their community partners and local residents. While they continue to investigate, they believe new and toxic drugs are being introduced to the area. 

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The health unit also says that not all instances of drug poisoning are reported, so the problem could be worse than the numbers show.

They also say if you, or someone you know, is struggling with a drug problem, seek help through HPEPH’s “Getting Help” website. 

There’s also a National Overdose Prevention Service line that people can call for non-judgemental advice. The number is 1-888-688-6677.

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