Two near fatalities due to drug poisonings

There were reports of two near fatal drug poisonings on Friday, March 5, 2021.  These occurred in Hanover. The substance involved in both events involved a purple product assumed as Fentanyl or Carfentanil.  In both cases, Hanover Police administered Naloxone, and saved the lives of both individuals, allowing EMS time to provide further life saving measures.

All street drugs should be deemed highly toxic.

People that use drugs are at significant risk of overdose due to the local street drug supply containing the highly toxic drug Fentanyl and/or Carfentanil. People must assume that any and all drugs purchased on the street contain Fentanyl or Carfentanil (100 X stronger than fentanyl) and considered extremely toxic.

Tips for Talking with People Who Use Drugs

Harm Reduction strategies

Avoiding using alone.

  • When using with someone else, avoid using at the same time.
  • Call the OVERDOSE PREVENTION LINE at 1-888-853-8542 if you must use alone

Avoiding mixing different drugs.

  • Mixing drugs, including alcohol, increases the risk of overdose.

Going slow.

  • Use smaller amounts and do test doses to check the strength of the drug.

Knowing your tolerance.

  • If using after a period of not using – use less.

Getting overdose prevention training and carrying a Naloxone kit.

Overdose is a medical emergency. Call 911 or go to the Emergency Department.

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides protection from simple possession charges when 911 is called for an overdose.

The Overdose prevention line is a vital phone service for people that are using drugs alone.  It is a service that allows users to call so that they can be safe while using alone.  An operator will stay on the line with the user while the drug is used. In the event that the user becomes unresponsive, the Prevention Line operator will call 911 to make sure that help arrives.

If you know of a toxic drug, please report it by calling 211.  The operator will fill out a form and it will then go to Public Health to action and alert the community.

Naloxone and safe drug use equipment is available at the Health Unit M-F 830am-4pm, and through our participating sites. Call the Health Unit for details, or call 211.

For additional Addiction Services:

  • ConnexOntario 1-866-531-2600
  • Withdrawal Management/RAAM Clinic (Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic) 519-376-5666
  • G&B House 519-376-9495
  •  Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre 519-371-0007
  • CMHA Grey Bruce Mental Health and Addiction Services 519-371-3642
  • Mental Health Crisis Line Grey Bruce 1-877-470-5200
  • Overdose Prevention Line: 1-888-853-8542