Fentanyl is a powerful opiate that is showing up in other drugs in Alberta. As Fentanyl is 50-100 times more toxic than morphine, students are advised to become informed about the risks of the drug, the life saving medication Naloxone, and how to access Naloxone Kits.
What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate medication that, while safe to use when prescribed by a doctor and used as directed for the treatment of chronic pain, can be deadly when changing dosages or using illegally. Fentanyl is most often sold as “green beans,” “green apples,” “shady eighties,” or “fake oxy.”
Why is Fentanyl concerning?
While Fentanyl itself is being sold illegally, it is increasingly being found in other street drugs such as oxycontin, heroin and cocaine. Fentanyl is indistinguishable when hiding in other substances, causing recreational drug users to unknowingly consume it.
The best way to avoid the dangers of Fentanyl or other drugs is to abstain from them. However, users of Fentanyl and other drugs can access Naloxone Kits, which can save lives in the event of opiate overdose.
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a self-administered medication that can temporarily counteract the effects of an opiate overdose, as long as it is given right away. In other words: if you're having an OD from Fentanyl (or other opiates), Naloxone can save your life.
Anyone at risk of opiate overdose (e.g. current or previous users of opiates) can get a Naloxone Kit to carry with them when using drugs. The Naloxone Kit is free of change.
Where can I get a Naloxone Kit?
The Naloxone Kits are available at the University Health Centre Pharmacy, University Health Centre, and other Edmonton pharmacy locations.
Individuals seeking Naloxone are encouraged to contact their local pharmacy to confirm availability. Visits are confidential with any information collected according to the guidelines of the Health Information Act (HIA).
Remember that if you are witness to an overdose, call 911 immediately.