The opioid crisis remains alive and well in Haldimand-Norfolk.
That was our Acting Medical Officer Of Health Dr. Shanker Nesathurai speaking about the deaths that have been linked to opioids.
The data released does not include the many people who have been hospitalized because of a drug overdose.
He says the Health Unit is working hard with the community trying to tackle the problem with their Harm Reduction Strategy Team and programs they have in place.
Dr. Nesathurai says one critical program they offer is that much talked about needle exchange program.
Recently the Health Unit announced that in 4 months over 7600 needles and syringes were collected at their nine new needle kiosks.
Dr. Nesathurai is aware that these kiosks are not a welcome site to some members of the community, but he says the alternative is that these needles get discarded in public places.
He says family doctors and the health unit do have means to try and assist people looking to get off of opioids, but the first step is that the individual admits that they need help.