Tuesday, July 31, 2018

'Purple Heroin' invading Ontario

OPP first warned about "purple heroin" this spring. Lab tests showed the drugs were a mix of heroin, morphine, fentanyl and carfentanil. Hamilton's public health unit issued a warning after multiple overdoses there. Purple Heroin has surfaced in St. Catharines, Timmins, Windsor, Peterborough, Sudbury and Ottawa. On July 10th Gatineau Police found 634 grams of purple heroin, their largest seizure ever. Purple Heroin
Most recently Collingwood OPP raised the alarm after purple heroin was seized there after a string of fatal overdoses.

The street drugs are purple from food colouring. Common problems related to purple heroin's extreme toxicity are cross contamination and 'hot spots' from improperly mixed concoctions. Police are yet again warning users to not use alone and to have naxolone available.