Warning from OPP about new drugs on the street

Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to raise awareness to the fact that purple heroin, which has turned up in many communities across southern Ontario, has now made its way to Collingwood.

This purple heroin was discovered in other communities in southern Ontario in the past and was found to contain heroin, morphine, fentanyl and carfentanil.

Ingesting as little as a grain of salt or two milligrams of powdered carfentanil, which is a synthetic opioid, is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and can be fatal.

People must recognize that carfentanil is being mixed into illicit street drugs and, in most cases, the user is not even aware. 

Members of the public who choose to purchase illegal street drugs and participate in a high risk lifestyle must recognize that doing so carries the risk of a deadly opioid being mixed in with the primary drug. Simply stated, the next time you choose to use, could be your last.

The OPP continues to work with local Health Units and other concerned community groups to ensure the safety of all our citizens and hope that the warning provided are heard and clearly understood.