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 2015, there were 274 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.
*Credit to knowyoursource.ca/ for source material
Fentanyl is 100 times more toxic than morphine, heroin, or oxycodone. Even small amounts can result in overdose.
If you’re going to use:
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:
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 available free of charge to anyone at risk of opioid overdose (i.e. current or previous users of opioids).
To get your Naloxone Kit, visit one of the following organizations or a walk-in clinic:
HIV Community Link
Lethbridge HIV Connection
Central Alberta AIDS Network (Red Deer)
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.
View our interactive map of pharmacies and walk-in clinics carrying Take Home Naloxone Kits:
Alberta Health Services welcomes community partners and stakeholders to print the below materials and use, as they feel appropriate.
These posters are intended to target the recreational/club user.
Community agencies working with entrenched users can download and print these wallet-sized tips, to hand out to opioid using clients, if desired.
Download: Wallet Sized Tips
If you’re concerned about your own or someone else’s use of illicit drugs, or misuse of drugs of any kind, or if you would simply like more info on drug use, call the Addiction Helpline (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week) at 1-866-332-2322, or Health link at 811.