There has been a recent surge of drug poisonings in the region, and it has resulted in the Gananoque Police Service issuing a news release about the issue, as well a Facebook post on Friday morning, as it tries to get the word out to the community.
In their notice, the Gananoque Police Service and Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit urge residents to be cautious when using drugs and take safety precautions.
“Putting out the release is just one more way of communication with the public on what we’re seeing here in the area, including Gananoque,” said Police Chief Scott Gee. “We’re experiencing some of the similar trends that we’re seeing across the region, across the eastern part of the province.”
Also on Friday, officials at the tri-county health unit, while noting this area has not seen the spike in drug poisonings experienced in places such as Belleville, said caution is warranted.
The precautions noted by Gananoque police include not using alone. If someone uses alone, they should download the Brave App or call NORS Overdose prevention Hotline 1-888- 688-6677 for confidential, non-judgmental support, whenever and wherever they use drugs. Users should tell someone before using and leave the door unlocked so someone can check in on them. When using with someone else, make a plan, don’t use at the same time. People should know their tolerance, start low and go slow.
Don’t mix drugs; know the quality of the drugs; know your health and body; and carry naloxone, officials added.
“The public being aware that it is a medical emergency if someone is having a drug overdose, (it) is important, to know to call the appropriate systems for individuals who may be experiencing a drug overdose or a medical emergency, to reach out to 911 for assistance,” said Gee.