By Kaitlyn Clark
The Haldimand Press
HALDIMAND—Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk is offering a special $1,000 reward until May 1, 2019 for information that leads to the arrest/charges against fentanyl drug dealers or results in the seizure of a significant amount of fentanyl and its derivatives.
“Black market fentanyl has been an issue for many years now but a spike in overdoses and deaths has been seen in recent years. We would suspect Haldimand and Norfolk’s statistics would mirror those of the province,” said Neil Unwin, Chair of HN Crime Stoppers.
Public Health Ontario notes that from 2003 to 2017, the number of opioid-related deaths has increased 246% in Ontario. In 2016 there were 4,427 emergency department visits, 1,909 hospitalizations, and 867 deaths from opioids in the province. A year later, these numbers were up to 7,764 visits, 2,142 hospitalizations, and 1,265 deaths.