KW Cops Launch Opioid Awareness Campaign

Friday, 15 December 2017 08:41 MH
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Waterloo Regional Police have launched an initiative to help educate young people on the dangers of Fentanyl.

The campaign titled “#TheNewFWord” aims to remind young people that if you choose to take street drugs, you put yourself at risk of fentanyl overdose, and the drug doesn't discriminate.

The campaign features a video message that will play in select movie theaters during previews. There is also a social media and in school component. Police Chief Brian Larkin says the time to talk is now.



Carfentanil Found in Woodstock

Friday, 15 December 2017 08:38 MH
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A drug, 100 times more powerful than the deadly opioid Fentanyl has turned up in Woodstock.

Police say two samples of street drugs seized in the city tested positive for Carfentanil, a powerful pain killer sometimes used on elephants.  The drug can be added, undetected, to other street drugs with sometimes deadly results.  Just days ago, Woodstock Police announced its front line officers would begin carrying Naloxone kits, which have proven effective in counteracting the effects of an opioid overdoes, if administered in time.



Snowmobile Crash Perth

Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:20 BD
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Perth County OPP were flagged down December 13th, following a collision involving a snowmobile.

The stolen sled and the man driving it were on Perth Line 26. No other vehicles were involved.

Twenty-five-year old Ryan Baillie of West Perth was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property, careless driving, and driving while under suspension.

He was transported to Stratford General Hospital for minor injuries sustained during the collision.


Dead Pedestrian Identified Tecumseh

Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:18 BD
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OPP have identified the pedestrian killed on County Road 46 on December 12th in Tecumseh.

David O'connor, age 39 of Tecumseh, died in hospital after being struck by a tractor trailer at approximately 9:00 p.m.

County Road 46 between Sexton Side Road and County Road 17 was closed for approximately 7 hours as the OPP's Technical Collision investigators completed the investigation.

The driver was not injured and charges are not anticipated.


Kids and Substance Use

Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:11 BD
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Kids these days! Actually, a new survey shows Ontario adolescents are drinking, smoking, and using recreational drugs less.

That's the good news. Unfortunately about 1% of high school kids have used fentanyl, according to a 2017 survey released today by the Toronto-based “Centre for Addiction and Mental Health”.

One percent means about 500 Ontario students. That raises a red flag given the thousands of recent overdose deaths from opioids.

In the last 20 years, the proportion of students who reported drinking alcohol has dropped to almost 43% from 66%, while smoking rates fell to 7% from 28%, and cannabis use dropped to 19% from 28%.


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