The Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy issued a health alert on Thursday after 17 overdoses and one death were reported in this week in the Royal City, seven days after the last such notice was sent out.
“We are in the middle of two health crisis colliding,” the organization said in a statement on social media, referencing the public health problem and the coronavirus pandemic.
Health Alert!! 17 overdoses, including 1 death, have been reported in the last week. We are in the middle of two health crisis colliding. @GuelphGeneral @GuelphBugle @DowntownGuelph @uofg @fcsgw @WDGPublicHealth @SanguenHepC @ARCHGuelph @GuelphCHC @WyndhamHouseGue @MercuryTribune pic.twitter.com/TBjOrSNDOJ— Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy (@WGDrugStrategy) May 7, 2020
Fentanyl is believed to be involved in at least 12 of the overdoses with two of the overdoses indicating the deadly drug was blue and purple in colour, respectively.
It advised users to be wary of strengthened substances with currently supply chains impacted.