There has been a spike in overdoses in Niagara. Reports say that some of the strong powder looks like icing sugar.
Have Naloxone! Don't use alone!
People can overdose on prescription drugs, over the counter drugs and recreational drugs. Symptoms of an overdose may include:
If you suspect an overdose, CALL 911 immediately.
Opioids are usually prescription pain killers with names like codeine, morphine, OxyContin and Percocet. Another street version of an opioid is heroin.
Fentanyl is a manmade opiate narcotic used mostly for cancer patients in severe pain. Fentanyl is roughly 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.
In Canada, many deaths have been caused by other street drugs being cut with fentanyl. Fentanyl is very dangerous because you can't see it, smell it or taste it. If your drug of choice has been cut with Fentanyl, it can quickly kill you.
An opioid overdose may look and feel like:
Naloxone is an emergency medication that reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids such as fentanyl, heroin, methadone, morphine. Naloxone is not an antidote to an overdose, but it can keep a person alive until emergency services arrive.
Naloxone kits are free in Ontario and available to:
Local options for addiction treatment in Niagara include: