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Toronto Public Health reports record high for daily overdose calls


Toronto Public Health says the city has set a sobering new single-day high for overdose calls.

It says Toronto Paramedic Services attended about 40 suspected overdoses between Friday and early Saturday morning, including three deaths.

It says in a news release that’s the highest number of reported overdose calls in a 24-hour period since monitoring began in 2017.

It follows news from the public health unit that December 2020 set a record for fatal opioid overdoses attended by paramedics in a single month — a total of 34 — since monitoring began.

Public health says the city’s drug checking service has found unexpected and potent drugs in the unregulated supply over the last few months.

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Health board chair Joe Cressy says Friday’s numbers set a devastating record for the city and he’s calling on all levels of government to invest in solutions.




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