Sector News

  1. What is Fentanyl?

    • Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate narcotic, a prescription drug used primarily for cancer patients in severe pain. It is roughly 50 to 100 times more toxic than morphine
    • Heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, and other drugs can be cut with fentanyl, in powder, liquid or pill form. It often comes in similar packaging
    • You can’t see it, you can’t smell it, you can’t taste it, but if your drug of choice is cut with fentanyl, it can kill you
    • If you are a new drug user, you are particularly at risk should you use drugs cut with fentanyl

    Fentanyl-related overdoses are on the rise.

    If you’re going to use drugs, be DRUG SMART.



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    • Slow heartbeat
    • Trouble breathing
    • Slow, shallow breathing or snoring
    • Cold, clammy skin
    • Trouble walking or talking



  2. August 31 marks International Overdose Awareness Day

    This is a day aimed at raising  awareness of overdose and reducing the stigma of a drug-related death.  It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

    Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

    The following this link,  provides  resources for you to download and use.

    It is estimated that globally there were 183,000 (range: 95,000-226,000) drug-related deaths (mostly overdoses) in 2012, with opioid overdose the largest category.
    Source: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2014 World Drug Report.

    In Ontario, there was a 242% increase in fatal opioid overdoses between 1991 and 2010.  Source: The burden of premature opioid-related mortality, Gomes et al.

    Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Wear Silver to show your support.