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Hospital stays for opioid overdoses on the rise, warn health researchers

from CBC News

Slow breathing. A lack of oxygen. Blue discoloration. For Ottawa paramedic JP Trottier, the telltale symptoms of an opioid overdose are becoming all too common. "Our paramedics find the patient hypoxic, blue in colour... they're breathing at four or six breaths a minute, certainly not enough to maintain life," said Trottier. This year, Ottawa is on pace to see twice as many opioid-related 911 calls as the previous year, Trottier said. And they aren't the only emergency responders seeing a spike in recent years, if a study published recently is any indication. more

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