On March 5, there were two overdoses within a short time in Hanover. Hanover Police administered Naloxone in both cases and saved both lives, allowing EMS to intervene. This is in addition to an ongoing trend of multiple overdoses within Grey and Bruce this year. Anecdotally there have been at least 5 fatal overdoses this year alone (pending Coroner confirmation). It is assumed that fentanyl or carfentanil are involved, in a purple product. All street drugs must be considered highly toxic, with fatal potential.
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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.
Naloxone is available for free from pharmacies and at the Grey Bruce Health Unit Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4 pm, no appointment needed.
For those looking for support: Mental Health Crisis Line of Grey Bruce: 1-877-470-5200, ConnexOntario: 1-866-531-2600 or the Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic: 519-376-3999.
For information about fentanyl and opioid overdose, visit the Fentanyl Fact Sheet published by the Peterborough Drug Strategy.
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