Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fentanyl kills

(public service announcement)

Alberta Health Services

Fentanyl is often passed off as the new form of OxyContin.  Don’t be fooled.  Fentanyl is about 100 times more toxic than morphine, heroin, or oxycodone.  In 2014 alone, there were more than 100 deaths in Alberta, associated with Fentanyl.  In a number of those deaths, the people had many other drugs in their blood as well, including medicine used on animals during castration procedures.

Fact is: you never really know what you’re getting.

Fentanyl is often sold on the street as green beans, beans, green apples, apples, shady eighties, eighties, greenies or fake oxy.

But no matter what you buy… Fentanyl may be hiding in the drugs you’re using, and it can kill you.

The following symptoms are signs of an overdose.

If you are using drugs, or are with someone who has used drugs, and you or they have any of these symptoms call 911:
  • breathing is slow or not breathing at all
  • nails and/or lips are blue
  • choking or throwing up
  • making gurgling sounds
  • skin is cold and clammy
  • can’t wake them up

Naloxone is a drug that can reverse a Fentanyl overdose, so long as it is given right away.

In other words: if you’re having an OD from Fentanyl (or other opioids), Naloxone can save your life.

You can get a Naloxone Kit to carry with you, when using drugs.

Naloxone Kits are free, and are available to opioid users, or, in some cases, the family members of opiod users.

To get your Naloxone Kit, visit one of the following organizations:
Lethbridge HIV Connection
HIV Community Link


Central Alberta AIDS Network (Red Deer)

Streetworks Edmonton

HIV North Society (Grande Prairie)

HIV North Society (Fort McMurray)

HIV West Yellowhead (Edson)

Naloxone is safe, effective, and can’t be abused – these Kits can help save lives.

For more on Alberta’s Take Home Naloxone Program, click here.

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