HAY RIVER, N.W.T.- Health officials in the Northwest Territories say they’re responding to an increase in opioid toxicity deaths. Chief Coroner Garth Eggenberger says there were six such deaths in the territory last year, all in the town of Hay River. He says in each case, the person was using drugs alone and did not have naloxone, a medication used to reverse an overdose, on site. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola says five of the deaths were directly related to fentanyl or carfentanil. Eggenberger says crack cocaine has also been affected by opioid contamination. He believes people purchased the drugs outside of the territory and were unaware they contained fentanyl or carfentanil. “The toll on families is tremendous,” he said Tuesday. Kandola said the drug poisonings are a
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