On August 13th, 2015, the Halton Regional Police and Halton paramedics responded to Marlborough Court, in Oakville, for a male who overdosed after having smoked fentanyl with his friend. The male was rushed to the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Fortunately, the male’s condition improved quickly and was later discharged. Both males were charged by the police with possession of a controlled substance.
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful opioid, used for pain relief, that can be fatal if not administered properly. Fentanyl can be prescribed as a patch that is placed on the patient’s skin, which is slowly absorbed into the body over a period of time. People who use fentanyl recreationally will tear open the patches and smoke the fentanyl.
The Halton Police Drug, Gun & Gang Unit, is in the preliminary stages of implementing a ‘Patch 4 Patch’ program. Participating pharmacists would required individuals to surrender their used fentanyl patches in order to get their prescription renewed. This program would assist in reducing the amount of fentanyl being consumed recreationally in Halton. The Halton Regional Police hope to have this program up and running this fall.