Purple heroin is a new dangerous drug cocktail that includes synthetic opioids. Collingwood and The Blue Mountains OPP revealed that purple heroin was discovered by Collingwood officers during an investigation. Unfortunately, no more details have been unveiled regarding the investigation.
It seems that purple heroin has been appearing in communities surrounding Simcoe County over the past few months.
More potent than heroin
According to the police, it has been reve3aled that it’s a mix of heroin, morphine, fentanyl, and carfentanil.
The cocktail can vary based on the dealer cooking it, but it must be highlighted the fact that any combination of opioids is dangerous.
Fentanyl and carfentanil are powerful synthetic opioids and Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine and 40 times stronger than heroin. Carfentanil is even much worse.
“It’s not intended for human consumption,” stated public health nurse Mia Brown, who is involved with the Simcoe-Muskoka Health Unit Inquiry and Substance Misuse Program.
She continued and said that “It’s intended for veterinary use. It’s a sedative to tranquilize large animals.”
Carfentanil is 100 times more potent than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine.
Overdoses require more than 2-3 doses of Naloxone
Brown claimed that people who have overdosed on something as strong as carfentanil would need more than the usual 2-3 doses of Naloxone. Patients also require high medical care.
“It’s important that people using illicit drugs in the community are aware of our messaging around staying safe while using,” said Brown.
“They should carry a Naloxone kit with them, never use alone and start low and go slow.”
Naloxone kits are available for free at any pharmacy or Simcoe-Muskoka Health Unit clinic. You don’t even need a health card in order to get it.
Each kit comes with two doses which can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
The best way to reduce the opioid crisis is via prevention. Learn more here.
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