Public Health Sudbury & Districts has issued a warning about a potent substance circulating in Greater Sudbury which has led to an increase in opioid overdoses.
Here's the information put out by the health unit Wednesday:
- Street drugs may be cut or mixed with substances such as fentanyl. Fentanyl can come in a variety of colours and consistency. Even a very small amount can cause an overdose.
- Use of these substances may lead to the increased risks of an overdose.
- Multiple doses of naloxone may be needed to reverse an overdose.
- Overdoses can be fatal. An overdose occurs when a person uses more of a substance, or combination of substances, than their body can handle.
Prevent opioid overdoses/save lives:
- Avoid using drugs when you are alone. If this is not possible, ask a friend to check in on you.
- When using drugs with a friend, do not use at the same time.
- When switching substances or if you have not used in a while, start with a lower dose.
- Carry a naloxone kit.
- Use multiple doses of naloxone as needed.
- Call 911 if you suspect an overdose.
- Avoid mixing drugs, including prescribed, over the counter and illegal drugs.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while using other drugs.
Overdose symptoms include:
- Blue lips or nails
- Dizziness and confusion
- The person can’t be woken up
- Choking, gurgling or snoring sounds
- Slow, weak or no breathing
- Drowsiness or difficulty staying awake
Please distribute this information widely to help share the message, the health unit asks.
For a free naloxone kit, contact The Point at Public Health Sudbury & Districts, Réseau ACCESS Network, Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (SACY) or ask your local pharmacist.