Toronto police to hold presser on suspected fentanyl overdoses at Toronto Public Health clinic

Toronto police are holding a presser conference Thursday in light of multiple suspected fentanyl overdoses at a Toronto Public Health clinic.

Seven people were assessed by paramedics, five of which had to be treated by naloxone, for suspected overdoses after some sort of medical-related incident at a clinic near Yonge-Dundas Square  Wednesday evening.

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A Toronto police spokesperson told Global News emergency crews were first called to the Victoria Street office, which houses a supervised injection site, at around 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday with reports a “medical emergency” was taking place.

Police said those affected were reported to be having some sort of “reaction.”

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Coun. Joe Cressy, who is also chair of the City of Toronto’s board of health, said Wednesday night that officials received reports of a “new, tainted drug supply” and a rise in overdoses.

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The news conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Toronto Police Headquarters led by Supt. Steve Watts of the organized crime enforcement unit.

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