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Alert issued after 42 suspected overdoses in past three days

Emergency services responded to 28 ODs in the region from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, and staff at the Kitchener CTS dealt with 14
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Another overdose alert has been issued for Waterloo Region. It's the third since November 19. 

The latest warns of several variations of coloured fentanyl circulating in the community. 

The Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy said these batches are causing an increase risk of overdose as they're stronger than anticipated, and may be laced with other substances. 

Frontline workers have reported seeing heavy sedation in individuals and noted naloxone administration has been required. 

The fentanyl in question has been green, blue, red, or purple in colour -- with some batches multi-coloured. 

Emergency services personnel have responded to 28 suspected overdoses in the region in the past three days, and staff at the Consumption and Treatment Services site in downtown Kitchener dealt with another 14 in that time frame. 

Those who use illicit substances are reminded to take precautions like visiting the CTS and carrying naloxone. If you suspect someone is experiencing an overdose, call 911.

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