Health unit plays key role in tackling the opioid crisis in Northumberland

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There were 64 drug overdoses in Northumberland County as of July 5. Harm reduction coordinator Lesley McLaughlin of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit will discuss what is being done within the county to combat the opioid crisis.

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The recent tragic death of Kory Trenouth brought into sharp focus the impact of the opioid crisis in Northumberland County. Then, last week, the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit released an opioid alert warning illegal drug users about the possibility of overdosing or potential poisons in the drug supply.

The first interview on today’s show hones in on the continuing opioid crisis in the county. As of July 5, there were 64 overdoses in Northumberland. Last year, the total was 152. The health unit does not track the number of deaths locally.

Lesley McLaughlin, the harm reduction coordinator, will give insight into what is currently going on and help explain the details of what is being done.

Originally aired: July 22, 2022

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