Edmonton emergency services respond to 55 opioid-related calls in two days

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AHS is urging caution after EMS responded to more than 50 opioid emergencies in two days.  (CBC - image credit)
AHS is urging caution after EMS responded to more than 50 opioid emergencies in two days. (CBC - image credit)

Alberta Health Services is sounding the alarm about a continuing spike in opioid-related emergencies.

It said in a Thursday news release that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Edmonton responded to 55 opioid-related calls from May 31 to June 1. Naloxone was administered at 50 of those responses and 34 people were taken to hospital.

AHS said there is no specific information available on the drugs involved. It's encouraging users to avoid using alone, to use a supervised consumption site if possible and to carry a naloxone kit.

Those who seek help during an overdose are protected by federal law through the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, which protects anyone seeking help during an overdose from possession charges.

In a surveillance report released earlier this year, Edmonton and Calgary were found to be some of the hardest-hit communities for opioid deaths.

The report from the Alberta government indicated that 997 people died of opioid overdoses from January to November 2020.

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