Suspected drug fatality in the city Thursday

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Someone in their mid-30’s died of a suspected drug overdose in Owen Sound Thursday, which prompted the health unit urge people who use drugs not to use them alone.

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There has been an ongoing trend this month of multiple overdoses in Grey-Bruce, with public health issuing three opioid alerts in August. This is the first suspected fatal overdose this month, the Gray Bruce Health Unit said in a news release Friday.

“We are saddened by the news of this fatal drug overdose in Grey-Bruce and deeply concerned about all aspects and complexities of the opioid crisis,” said GBHU physician consultant Dr. Rim Zayed.

“This epidemic is a crisis that requires commitment and engagement from everyone and every sector in the community either as community members or experts in the field.”

Responding to the “opioid and substance poisoning epidemic” is a high priority for the health unit, which is monitoring the circumstances of this overdose and local data and trends, he said.

All street drugs “should be deemed highly toxic and fatal” because they can contain fentanyl or carfentanil, which is 100 times more toxic.

Users should have someone ready with a naloxone kit to temporarily reverse an overdose or if using drugs alone, do so while on the phone with an Overdose Prevention Line operator, who will call for help if the user becomes unresponsive, the release said. The number is 1-888-688-6677.


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