Public Health reporting another fatal overdose
The Grey Bruce Health Unit has received notification that an individual in their 20s died Friday of a suspected drug overdose in Owen Sound.
This is the second suspected fatal drug overdose in the area within a three-week period and follows the death of an individual in their mid-30s who died as a result of an overdose/poisoning in late August.
“Public Health wishes to extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the person who lost their life due to a drug overdose,” says GBHU Physician Consultant Dr. Rim Zayed.
“We are urgently advising all individuals who use drugs in Grey-Bruce to not use alone and to practice other critically important harm reduction strategies, such as starting slow using small amounts, carrying a naloxone kit and not mixing different drugs. These strategies can and will save lives.”
The Grey Bruce Health Unit is advising the public that all street drugs should be deemed highly toxic and FATAL.
People who use drugs are at significant risk of overdose due to the local street drug supply containing the highly toxic drug Fentanyl and/or Carfentanil. People must assume that any and all drugs purchased on the street contain Fentanyl or Carfentanil (100x stronger than fentanyl) and considered extremely toxic.
Alexis Cook, Manager of Harm Reduction at the Grey Bruce Health Unit, says Public Health is working with various partners, stakeholders and community members in Grey-Bruce to respond to the opioid and substance poisoning epidemic, which remains a high-priority concern for Public Health.
“GBHU has consistently been increasing the number of expanded naloxone sites across Grey-Bruce to ensure all citizens have easy access to this life-saving medication. Additionally, GBHU has expanded its first responder reporting of overdose events to include police and fire departments, allowing for real-time accurate information of overdoses to be collected. GBHS continues its commitment to collaborate with community members with lived and living experience, experts in the field, partners and stakeholders and the entire community.”
If an individual must use alone, Public Health advises them to call the Overdose Prevention Line at 1-888-688-6677. An operator will stay on the line with the caller while the drug is used. In the event the caller becomes unresponsive, the Prevention Line operator will call 911 to make sure help arrives.
Overdose is a medical emergency. Call 911 or go to the Emergency Department.
The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides protection from simple possession charges when 911 is called for an overdose.
Public Health encourages residents to get overdose prevention training and carry a Naloxone kit.
Naloxone and safe drug-use equipment are available at the Grey Bruce Health Unit Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and through our participating sites. Call the Health Unit for details, or call 211.
For additional Addiction Services:
- ConnexOntario 1-866-531-2600
- Withdrawal Management/RAAM Clinic (Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic) 519-376-5666
- G&B House 519-376-9495
- Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre 519-371-0007
- CMHA Grey Bruce Mental Health and Addiction Services 519-371-3642
- Mental Health Crisis Line Grey Bruce 1-877-470-5200
- Overdose prevention line (NORS) 1-888-688-6677
- If unsure – call 211
For More Information:
To connect with the medical officer of health or the program manager, please contact:
Denis Langlois, Communications Co-ordinator,
Grey Bruce Health Unit,
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1315,