Drug alert: increase in carfentanil in Ontario confirmed by the Ministry of Health

The ogimaa is urging residents to carry a life-saving naloxone kit, which can be obtained for free from Naandwe Miikaan, Wikwemikong Health Centre and Mereb Pharmacy. Naandwe Miikaan is available 24 hours a day by calling 705-859-1390. Should you need a naloxone kit, please call them.

What is carfentanil?

Carfentanil is a very toxic opioid that is significantly more potent than fentanyl and people who use carfentanil may be at high risk of overdose. 

Carfentanil

•              Is a toxic synthetic opioid which is sometimes mixed into street drugs.

•              Is not intended for human consumption.

•              Has been used in tablets that look like prescription drugs.

•              Has no smell or taste and you can’t see it. You may not know that your drug is laced with carfentanil.

•              Comes in many forms: powder, pill, liquid and blotter.

Prevent opioid overdose / save lives:

•              Avoid mixing drugs, including prescribed, over the counter and illegal drugs.

•              Avoid drinking alcohol while using other drugs.

•              When switching substances or if you have not used in a while, start with a lower dose.

•              Avoid using drugs when you are alone. If this is not possible, ask a friend to check in on you.

•              When using drugs with a friend, do not use at the same time.

•              Carry a naloxone kit.

•              Use multiple doses of naloxone as needed.

•              Call 911 if you suspect an overdose.

Overdose symptoms include:

•              blue lips or nails

•              dizziness and confusion

•              can’t be woken up

•              choking, gurgling or snoring sounds

•              slow, weak or no breathing

•              drowsiness or difficulty staying awake

For a free naloxone kit, contact The Point at Public Health Sudbury & Districts, Réseau Access Network, Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (SACY) or ask your local pharmacist.

www.ontario.ca/page/get-naloxone-kits-free

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