Health Alert: Contaminated Substance and New Overdose Symptoms in Guelph

Public Advisory

 Contaminated substances

1. Contaminated substance in Guelph (possibly cocaine)

  • Over the weekend, four people were treated at the hospital for opioid-related overdose symptoms.
  • The substance may be cocaine contaminated with a strong opioid.

2. New symptoms with opioid overdose

  • A new substance circulating in the community is causing overdose symptoms that are not typical.
  • These symptoms may be a result of fentanyl and may not be immediately recognized as an opioid overdose.
  • Symptoms include:
    • Body stiffness and muscle rigidity (e.g., jaw clenching, unable to move arms)
    • Flailing (waving arms) or other involuntary muscle movements
    • Slow or irregular heart rate
    • Confusion – unable to respond to questions, impaired memory
    • Different sized pupils
    • Extreme anxiety

Reduce your risk

  • Carry naloxone
  • Never use alone
  • Use the Overdose Prevention Site, which is supervised by health professionals at Guelph’s Community Health Centre

Get a naloxone kit

People who use drugs or their friends or family members can get a naloxone kit from:

  • The Overdose Prevention Site/Guelph Community Health Centre
    176 Wyndham Street North
    7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
    160 Chancellors Way
    Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • ARCH
    Unit 110, 77 Westmount Road
    Monday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sanguen 
    176 Wyndham Street North
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Guelph Community Health Centre
    176 Wyndham Street North
    Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Wednesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Along with many pharmacies. Check this list of pharmacies that have naloxone.