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.