Police investigating six recent overdoses in Renfrew County area
Renfrew OPP are investigating six suspected opioid overdoses in the area in the last few months and are re-enforcing the dangers of opioid addiction to the general public.
Police said they are investigating any potential links between the deaths but said they are a grim reminder "the misuse and abuse of controlled substances is dangerous and potentially deadly."
In a statement, police warned fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid similar to morphine and carfentanil, about 50 to 100 times stronger than fentnayl, is toxic and not meant for human consumption. Both of the opioids may be mixed into other street drugs, according to police, which can be deadly even in small quantities.
Police ask residents that if they suspect someone is having an overdose to immediately call 911 and stay with the victim.
Those looking for resources and support can contact their family doctor, the Renfrew County and District Health Unit or The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health or Addiction & Mental Health Ontario.
Anyone with information in connection to the recent overdoses is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122.