The Ontario Provincial Police & Northwestern Health Unit has issued warnings of a drug containing fentanyl which has caused a series of overdoses in Northwestern Ontario recently. Police are investigating a sudden death that took place in Kenora on Sunday and are warning the public about the harmful effects of a drug known as “yellow down” or “purple down.”

Although OPP are waiting on a post-mortem to be held later this week to determine the cause of death, they’re warning that yellow/purple down is a drug that may contain fentanyl, and officers are encouraging people to be aware of signs of an overdose.

Signs and symptoms can include difficulty walking, talking or staying awake; blue lips or nails; very small pupils; cold, clammy skin; dizziness; confusion; extreme drowsiness; choking or gurgling sounds; slow or weak breathing; and an inability to wake up even when shaken or shouted at.

The Amount of Fentanyl Needed To Kill

The amounts in these vials are the minimum amounts of heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil needed to kill the average person.

You could save a life with a Naxolone kit

Naloxone kits can reverse an opioid overdose. Contact your Community Health Nurse for more information on how to access a Naloxone kit and for education on safe Naloxone administration. Please get one and keep it in your vehicle or on your person.

Kenora: (807) 468-3147
Dryden: (807) 274-9827
Fort Frances: (807) 223-3301