(ONTARIO) – Health officials at the Waterloo Region Integrated Drug Strategy have confirmed that a “marijuana-like” substance does not contain any cannabis at all, and actually contains opioids.
The substance appears strikingly similar to cannabis but has been proven to contain absolutely zero marijauna throughout the substance. The Waterloo Region Integrated Drug Strategy stated in a release that testing confirmed the substance does contain carfentanil, a dangerous drug that can cause a fatal overdose with just a sand grain or two worth.
They further reported that a similar substance was located in the United States which ended up containing heroin and fentanyl. That discovery was made in Ohio.
“Be aware that opioids (fentanyl, carfentanil) cannot be detected by sight, smell, or taste. Overdose can occur via inhalation, ingesting or injecting,” states the Waterloo Region Integrated Drug Strategy via a media release.
Last week in Milton, Ontario, two teenagers were sent to hospital after overdosing on what they thought was cannabis. Naloxone was administered and the two teens were revived. The Waterloo Region Integrated Drug Strategy cannot confirm if this substance was the same substance which carfentanil was detected in.
Narcan/Naloxone is a free drug that can temporarily reverse overdose symptoms and revive a person who has become unresponsive. Ask your pharmacist for your free Narcan/Naloxone kit.
If you see an overdose happening, these are the recommended steps health officials advise:
- Dial 911.
- Administer Narcan/Naloxone if you think the overdose is from an opioid.
- Do not give the overdosee any stimulants.
- Provide assistance to the overdosee until first responders arrive.
It is always a good idea to use the buddy system when abusing drugs. Never use drugs at the exact same time, so that if someone overdoses, the other person can call 911. Always try a tiny amount of your drugs first before continuing to abuse them.
Thinking about sobering up? Reach out to the Thunder Bay Counselling Centre for advice and information about how you can begin your journey to sobriety. Their number is 807-684-1880.