Opioid overdoses have reached ‘critical level’ in Brant County
Published Monday, April 1, 2019 1:37PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, April 2, 2019 8:13AM EDT
Brant County says they reached a “critical level” of suspected opioid-related deaths and overdoses this past weekend.
The county issued a public safety alert saying “the number of overdoses are more than double of those during the same period for 2018.”
Brantford Police responded to six overdoses – three of them fatal -- over a 48 hour period between Friday and Sunday.
Two people overdosed Friday afternoon and later that night a 34-year-old man died from an overdose. Then early the next morning, a man in his 40’s was taken to hospital after he used fentanyl. A 45-year-old man was found dead in the downtown core Saturday, followed by the death of a 55-year-old man on Sunday.
Police suspect fentanyl was a contributing factor in all of the deaths.
Brantford isn’t the only city expressing concerns over the number of drug overdoses.
Woodstock has also issued a warning about the high number of fentanyl overdoses in the city.
Between Friday and Saturday night officers responded to a total of six overdoses.
One of them, a 17-year-old boy, died on Monday.
Police believe there is a new type of fentanyl circulating in the area, which has been described as green, blue or purple.