Alert: Increased Overdoses in Hamilton

June 18, 2021

Hamilton continues to see increased opioid overdose activity. Paramedic response to suspected opioid overdose calls continue to increase and preliminary suspected drug-related deaths for early 2021 are high. There have been multiple recent reports of overdoses requiring larger amounts of naloxone indicating more severe overdose.

It is recommended that people using drugs follow harm reduction strategies including: 

    • not using alone
    • calling a friend, family member or the National Overdose Prevention line before and while using
    • using a smaller dose
    • not injecting the whole dose at once

If you need new Naloxone kits, or want to have more kits on-hand, we can help. Call or text The Van at 905-317-9966 to arrange a time and place to meet, or visit our office at 140 King St E suite 101 (lower level) between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Other Naloxone resources can be found at: 


Other Resources Harm Reduction Resources: 

Consumption and Treatment Site


National Overdose Prevention Line

  • Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in Ontario: 1-888-688-NORS (6677)


Addiction treatment

  • Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Services: 905-546-3606
  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Womankind Addiction Service 905 545-9100
  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Men’s Addiction Service 905 527-9264
  • Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Clinic: referral form available: www.stjoes.ca   


Pain management