Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fentanyl hitting Ontario hard

Toronto police are warning the public that heroin being sold on the streets of downtown Toronto may be laced with fentanyl. The warning comes after a 28-year-old man died of an overdose near Queen and Bathurst streets. In Barrie, Police say five people who overdosed after using what they believed was cocaine at a party in the city north of Toronto, actually took heroin laced with fentanyl. Four men and a woman were taken to a hospital after collapsing in various locations in downtown Barrie. Investigators say the five had been at a party and believed they had taken cocaine. They survived.

Police in Ottawa recently busted a fentanyl ring and issued a warning after counterfeit pills manufactured to look identical to prescription opioids were found to contain fentanyl.
Fatal opioid overdoses in Massachusetts continued to climb in 2016 to an estimated 2,000, according to a new report released from the Department of Public Health. Unintentional opioid overdoses accounted for 1,465 deaths last year in the State. Of the 1,374 opioid deaths last year for which toxicology screens were available, fentanyl was found in 1,031.