Tuesday , January 19 2021

Local referral effort imposes on drug users not to be alone when using

Heartbreak notices of suspects even more unnecessary overdose continue to roll on social media accounts of local attorney and prevention attorney Brandon Bailey.

"It feels like they do not stop," Bailey said. He had heard of three more overdose deaths in Windsor in the past two weeks.

"People send me messages if they hear about overdose, the drug community in Windsor is small enough, or so we're all connected."

Bailey and other members of the Windsor overdose company have distributed newsletters around several places in the city where they know people are using drugs.

The leaflets urge drug users not to use alone, and if necessary, Bailey himself will meet them at home or on the pavement to make sure they do not sell too much.

He posted the same Facebook on Facebook at the end of November, shortly after losing his friend to overdose of opioids.

Recently, on December 3, Bailey said a woman he was selling for 26 years was found dead in her apartment.

"I did not hear the toxicology report, but we're not stupid, we know what happened," Bailey said.

He heard of another death from an overdose in the bathroom of a cafe near West December 6, and another in the motel room of Windsor on December 11.

The Windsor Police Service had no information to share about any of these events.

"Our service had no new releases of this kind," said Steve Betteridge, the department's public information officer, by email.

The Ontario coroner, Dr. Dirk Hoyer, also had no information about these specific deaths.

"I know there were some concerns a few weeks ago," said Huyer referring to reports of five overrated deaths of Windsor over 24 hours, Nov. 10-11. "When we see something like this, we try to escalate the test to see if there is material Certain involved that we had not known before. "

When reporting the five deaths, the WPS spokesman reported that the use of pentanil was suspected.

Huyer said he could not share the test results with the media.

Hoyer said there were 11 deaths associated with opioids in Windsor during the first six months of 2018 and that it represented a decrease from 2017.

"We've seen an improvement in Windsor numbers, the good thing they're down and I hope they continue to fall," Huyer said. "I can tell you they're not in the rest of Ontario.

According to the county, the number of opioid-related deaths in the first six months of 2018 increased by 16 percent over the same period last year.

In total in 2017, there were 1,265 deaths related to opioids in Ontario with 30 of them in Windsor.

As for Bailey, he will continue to push to the safe injection site and police to carry out the Nelson saved life kit.

"People know the risks out there," he said. "But at the same time a lot of people have this much pain and are willing to take the risk to dull the pain … I do every day, and most of the people I talk to do not want to die.

The fentanyl detection kit is presented on Thursday. The Windsor overdose company distributes them to local drug users.

Dan Nice /

Windsor Star

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