March 19 – Overdose alert issued by Grey Bruce Public Health
There has been another fatal opioid overdose (pending lab confirmation) in Owen Sound. Three fatal overdoses in Owen Sound this week alone have been reported by police. This is in addition to an ongoing trend of multiple overdoses within Grey and Bruce this year. Anecdotally there have been at least 8 fatal overdoses this year alone (pending Coroner confirmation). It is assumed that fentanyl or carfentanil are involved, in this case, a grey chalk-like product is suspected. Other reports indicate substances of differing colors, blue, yellow, pink, purple.
People are at significant risk of overdose due to the highly toxic drug Fentanyl and/or Carfentanil found in the illicit drug supply.
Grey Bruce Public Health urges people who use drugs to do so as safely as possible by following Harm Reduction strategies.
You can help reduce risks by talking about harm reduction techniques with clients and peers, and sharing information about local harm reduction services. For talking points and other relevant resources visit the Community Drug and Alcohol Strategy website by clicking HERE.