Date: October 21, 2017

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Free Overdose Prevention Kits and Training Available

This page was reviewed or revised on Friday, August 11, 2017 10:31 AM

Point Edward, ON - On August 9, 2017, Sarnia Police reported three overdoses within a five hour period. The suspected cause of the overdoses is cocaine laced with fentanyl.

Because ingesting even small amounts of fentanyl can prove to be fatal, evidence that it is seemingly being added to other illicit narcotics is cause for great concern.

“When people use illicit drugs, there is no way to know exactly what is in them. Finding fentanyl in street drugs like cocaine and even marijuana means that people who may think they are relatively safe could end up dying of overdose,” says Dr. Sudit Ranade, Lambton's Medical Officer of Health. “Fentanyl is 100 times more lethal than morphine.”

Due to the risk of overdose, and because there is no way to detect the presence of fentanyl in another drug, it is recommended that people who use drugs not use alone, contact Lambton Public Health about Naloxone, and if signs of an overdose are present call 911 as soon as possible.

Free Naloxone kits, and training on how to use the kits, are available from Lambton Public Health, other community organizations, and many pharmacies. For a list of available locations, go to www.ontario.ca/page/get-naloxone-kits-free.

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Please contact:

Rhonda Galler
Supervisor, Family Health
County of Lambton
519-383-8331 ext. 3548
rhonda.galler@county-lambton.on.ca