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Risk of death due to use of cocaine containing fentanyl

Risque de décès liés à la consommation de cocaïne contenant du fentanyl

Public advisory

Montréal’s regional public health department (DRSP) has been informed that someone has died after using a whitish powder containing a mix of cocaine and fentanyl. Fentanyl is a powerful opioid associated with high risks of death, especially for a cocaine user who is unknowingly exposed to fentanyl.

Cocaine users are urged to:

  • Avoid using alone
  • If possible, use fentanyl test strips
  • When using with other people, don’t all use at the same time
  • Have naloxone close at hand and know how to use it when someone shows signs of overdose
  • Call 911 if there is an overdose

Naloxone is available for free from community groups and pharmacies listed on the INSPQ site: Where to find naloxone at all times in Quebec

Montréal community organizations on the list also distribute fentanyl test strips and provide guidance on using prevention tools.

See also

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Last Update : 24 October 2020