Drug warning: Increase in suspected overdoses

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The Community Drug Strategies for the City of Greater Sudbury and Manitoulin Island have received reports of unexpected reactions and increase in overdoses from the use of substances in Sudbury and on Manitoulin Island.

While we cannot confirm the substance that has caused the overdoses, this situation serves as an important reminder to the community that street drugs may be cut or mixed with substances such as benzos (benzodiazepines), fentanyl, or carfentanil. Frontline workers warn that a more toxic substances may be circulating locally.

An overdose occurs when a person uses more of a substance, or combination of substances, than their body can handle. As a consequence, the brain is unable to control basic life functions. The person might pass out, stop breathing or experience a seizure. Overdoses can be fatal.

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Overdose symptoms include:

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This item was last modified on December 9, 2022