Porcupine Health Unit and Timmins Police voice concern about opioid overdoses

Timmins Police Service and the Porcupine Health Unit have issued a joint statement of concern about the possibility of significantly dangerous opioid drugs in the community.

Specifically, the concern is over recent discoveries of carfentanil opioids from drug busts that occurred in mid-July in Timmins.  Ten persons were arrested and quantities of drugs were seized by police.

As a standard practice in any investigation of this nature, the seized substances were sent away for laboratory analysis, said the police news release.

Based on the analytical results received, police have confirmed that the substances contained carfentanil, an opioid far more potent than most other illicit street drugs.  Police are worried that more of the illegal drugs could still be available.

“The Timmins Police Service is advising that the inherent dangers attached to the illicit usage or experimentation with such substances cannot be underestimated,” said the statement.

The link between the usage of these substances and the direct threat to a person’s wellbeing is real, tangible, and potent the release continued.

The Porcupine Health Unit also spoke out and is urging community members to be aware of the risks of any drug use, and especially the toxicity of carfentanil.

“Overdose can affect anyone. It can take just one time for a tragic outcome”, says Dr. Lianne Catton, the Porcupine Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health.

The health unit is encouraging everyone to be able to identify an overdose, and know how to respond to save a life. Anyone can access naloxone free of charge at health unit offices, pharmacies and partner agencies, said the release.

Naloxone is a life-saving medication for opioid overdoses. The Porcupine Health Unit team is available to talk to anyone with questions or concerns. Information on overdose and the use of naloxone is available at https://phu.fyi/opioids (EN) https://phu.fyi/opioides (FR). The Timmins Police Service shares mutual concern about the presence of these substances with its community partners such as, but not limited to, the Porcupine Health Unit & other members of the Timmins and Area Drug Strategy Committee.

Filed in: Briefs, Education, News

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