Health Alert: Increase in overdoses, including death (December 9, 2020)

Public Advisory

In the Guelph area, there are reports of increased numbers of overdose, including one death:

  • One death in the City of Guelph, related to fentanyl
  • Increased number of overdoses in the Guelph Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS) site
  • Increases in overdoses also seen in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge
  • Local sources indicate very potent, red fentanyl is circulating in our community
  • When possible, make sure to use in a safe area with people you can trust and use the information below to reduce your risk of overdose

Reduce your risk of overdose

  • Carry naloxone
  • Never use alone*
  • Start low and go slow (e.g., with any new purchase, start with 1/3 of a normal dose)
  • Use the Consumption and Treatment Services Site (CTS) supervised by health professionals at Guelph’s Community Health Centre

*It’s important to maintain 2 metres distance to protect yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Phone a friend or call the Overdose Prevention Line (1-888-853-8542) to make sure someone is available to check up on you.