Thunder Bay’s opioid crisis continues to grow as the district saw a 44 per cent jump in the number of opioid-related deaths in 2018 and paramedics have already responded to 176 opioid-related calls for service in the first five months of this year.
“This is a very real and dangerous threat we are facing as a community,” said Chris Adams, director of communications and technology with the Thunder Bay Police Service. “This isn’t just about law enforcement. This is about dealing with a real health and safety issue that needs broader help and support.”
The police service hosted a news conference on Thursday attended by representatives from Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, Superior North EMS, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy to express their concerns over what they called a health crisis.
In 2018, there were 44 opioid-related deaths in the Thunder Bay district; that’s 13 more than the previous year.