Health Canada confirms presence of fentanyl in pill-shaped form [Drug Alert]

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Health Canada confirms reports from June 2020, of counterfeit pills made to look like prescription oxycodone or Percocet, that contain fentanyl. If you use oxycodone or Percocet that was not prescribed to you, be advised that pills could contain fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid, even a small amount can cause an overdose or be fatal. It has no taste or smell and cannot be seen. It comes in many forms: powder, pill, liquid, and blotter. It can be mixed with other substances.

The use of these substances increases the risk of an overdose. Multiple doses of naloxone may be needed to temporarily reverse an overdose.

Prevent opioid overdoses/save lives:

To protect others from the risk of COVID-19 infection, the Government of Canada suggests that you wear a non-medical or cloth mask when physical distancing can’t be maintained.

Overdose symptoms include:

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.

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This item was last modified on December 16, 2020