Drug Alert: purple heroin in Espanola and area

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Public Health Sudbury & Districts, on behalf of the LaCloche Foothills Community Drug Strategy, is warning the public that the distribution of “purple heroin” has been suspected throughout Espanola and surrounding areas. “Purple heroin” in other communities has been confirmed to be heroin mixed with fentanyl or carfentanil and can also be sold under the name “purple” or “purp.”

Carfentanil is an opioid that is used by veterinarians for very large animals like elephants. Carfentanil is 100 times stronger than fentanyl. An amount the size of a grain of salt, or 20 micrograms could be fatal to a person.

This is a health and safety alert and does not provide an update on the status of any ongoing police investigations.

Overdose symptoms include:

If you are using drugs, please do so safely:

For a free naloxone kit, contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts or ask your local pharmacist.

About fentanyl

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid pain reliever that is similar to morphine and is estimated to be 50 to 100 times stronger.

About carfentanil

This item was last modified on October 25, 2019