Issued: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
There are multiple reports of a potent substance circulating in Greater Sudbury. This has led to an increase in suspected opioid overdoses.
§ 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
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