Since frontline officers began carrying naloxone in September 2017, the OPP has saved 102 lives. Police say this lays out the severity of the opioid crisis.
Between September 2017 to November 2019, the majority of opioid-related overdoses occurred in OPP’s Central and West Regions. Central Region includes Simcoe County, Muskoka, Dufferin and City of Kawartha Lakes. 66 per cent of naloxone recipients were male and 34 per cent were female, while the average age of the recipients was in their early 30s. Most of the incidents occurred inside a residence.
As part of the effort to combat the opioid crisis, OPP say they are determined to hold drug traffickers accountable by laying charges for drug-related deaths. Charges have been laid for manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death in relation to fatal overdoses, with 13 occurrences during the last four years. Eight of these occurred have occurred in 2019.