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Twenty-seven Torontonians died by drug overdose in July, a grim monthly record for the city that far exceeded the number of Torontonians killed by COVID-19 in the same period.


“The continued stigma associated with drug use, where we treat it not as a health issue but as a criminal justice matter, results in reduced services for people who need it.

Toronto’s overdose death toll in July more than doubled June’s total of 13. Toronto paramedics attended 25 suspected overdose-related deaths in May and also in April. From March to July, such deaths jumped 85 per cent over that period in 2019.

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