Police warn of ‘dangerous narcotics’ after seven fatal overdoses in 12 days

'Dangerous narcotics' responsible for seven fatal overdoses in downtown core this month

'Dangerous narcotics' responsible for seven fatal overdoses in downtown core this month

Toronto police have issued a public safety warning about unsafe opioids they believe are being sold in the downtown core after seven people died from overdoses in the past 12 days.

Since Aug. 2, officers have been called to multiple overdoses in the area bordered by Dufferin Street, Jameson Avenue, Dupont Street, Spadina Avenue and the waterfront. "If that's one division, then imagine what it could be like across the city".

Const. David Hopkinson told Global News late Tuesday evening investigators suspected the drugs are part of a lethal batch of fentanyl or carfentanil. They say the two synthetic opioids have either contaminated other street drugs or people are using the two drugs in higher quantities than normal.

"Fentanyl and carfentanyl are very risky drugs in their own right", he said. "Particularly unsafe, carfentanil is 100 times more potent than fentanyl", the alert read.

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Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said Monday that the Progressive Conservative government will make a decision on the sites, as well as more permanent facilities aimed at fighting the opioid crisis, by the end of September.

According to the most recent statistics from Public Health Ontario and Toronto Public Health, there were 303 fatalities in 2017 due to opioid-related causes.

The opioid was present in 48 per cent of accidental opioid deaths in 2016, compared to 31 per cent the year before.

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