Local public health officials and police warn there’s a “toxic supply” of street drugs which is responsible for “multiple fatal overdoses in the past five days.”
People using drugs are at significant risk of overdose due to the potential the drugs contain fentanyl or the even more deadly carfentanil, which is 100 times more toxic.
“People must assume that any and all drugs purchased on the street contain fentanyl or carfentanil,” a news release from the Grey Bruce Health Unit said Friday.
A public health official said the exact number of fatalities in the most recent series of overdoses could not be released due to rules about reporting numbers of cases fewer than five.
The health unit issued a similar warning July 21 that there had been six overdoses, including one related fatality suspected, in the past five days in Grey-Bruce. Again the concern was the highly toxic opioid fentanyl and carfentanil in street drugs.
Among the suggestions public health offers is to not use drugs alone and if people do, to first call the Overdose Prevention Line at 1-888-853-8542 so that someone there can call for help on the user’s behalf if the user becomes unresponsive.