DUAL (Drug User Advocacy League) of Ottawa was founded in the summer of 2010. DUAL’s members are active and former users and their allies. Visit the About section to learn more about DUAL.
This website is a comprehensive resource for DUAL members and the Ottawa community. From here, you can contact DUAL’s Chairperson, Sean LeBlanc, learn about how to join DUAL, check out the resources and efforts of the DUAL working groups and donate. DUAL members can also access the private members-only page for announcements and community.
If you would like to contact DUAL, visit the Contact page.
SERIOUS RISKS FROM EMERGING OPIOID: FENTANYL ANALOGUES
Accidental opioid deaths are a leading cause of unintentional death, surpassing fatalities from motor
vehicle collisions in Ontario. Victims include citizens using opioids as prescribed; those experimenting;
and/or those opioid addicted or opioid dependent.
Recent reports from USA and Canada suggests there is an increase in Fentanyl-detected
overdose deaths due to Fentanyl manufactured in illegal labs. The onset of overdose associated
with the Fentanyl analogues may occur more quickly than other opioid overdoses. It is
important to call 911. A standard dose of the emergency medicine naloxone may NOT be
Fentanyl analogues in pill and/or powder formats have been found, or are suspected, in several
Provinces and States: British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Michigan,
and New York.
Street-level dealers may be unaware or are potentially misrepresenting the product to consumers. In
powder formulation, Fentanyl may be sold as is, or mixed with, or sold as, oxycodone, heroin and/or
other substances. In May, Peterborough Lakefield Police Service seized pills appearing to be
counterfeit OxyContin but which tested for high-dose Fentanyl. North Bay Police have cautioned
Desmethyl Fentanyl may be present in the North Bay area.
Recent developments raise several serious concerns:
the potential for a rise in accidental overdose death and injury for residents, and a consequent
rise in hospital visits and admissions
that people at risk of overdosing, or witnesses to an overdose, service providers and others do
not have the intervention tools to appropriately respond to an overdose medical emergency,
including access to a “take home naloxone” kit
the absence of real-time monitoring systems for accidental overdoses in many jurisdictions
means any substantial rise may not be detected for some time
911 call rates during illicit overdose emergencies continue to be low
Potential Precautions Could Include:
Informing service providers and people at risk of, or witness to, an accidental overdose about the
potential for unusually dangerous opioids being available on the black market
Monitoring the local situation
Reporting any (unusually fast) overdoses, increased overdose emergencies, and unusual drug
seizures to appropriate authorities
We encourage you to share this advisory with your networks.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Waterloo Region Crime
St. Sgt. Larry Charmley,
Peterborough Drug Strategy,
705-876-1122 ext. 292
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