Community drug alert issued for three suspected overdose related deaths

By CityNews Kitchener Staff

The Waterloo Region Integrated Drug Strategy (WRIDS) has issued a community drug alert for three suspected overdose or poisoning-related deaths.

WRIDS said these deaths happened between May 11 to May 13.

The agency said the Kitchener Consumption Treatment and Services (CTS) Drug Checking Program has detected samples of Fentanyl, combined with various Fentanyl analogues, Desalkylgidazepam, Bromazolam, Xylazine, Medetomidine/Dexmedetomidine and parafluorofentanyl.

“The unregulated drug supply is unpredictable, drug overdoses/poisonings may require more naloxone and unexpected reactions may occur,” a statement reads.

The concerning batches included colours from burgundy, deep red to light pink, green, and pale green.

The agency adds that it is not clear that there is a connection between the substances identified and the suspected drug overdose/poisoning-related deaths.

Drug users are being urged to take precautions like never using alone, always carrying naloxone, and visiting the CTS on Duke Street.

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