Health Alert: Four Overdose Deaths Reported in Wellington County

Public Advisory

Four overdose deaths have been reported since February 21st, 2021 in Wellington County:

  • Deaths were reported in regions across Wellington County including the City of Guelph, Rockwood, Elora and Arthur areas.
  • Fentanyl is believed to be involved these deaths and may suggest that a stronger than normal substance is circulating in our communities.
  • Red and purple-coloured fentanyl were indicated in two deaths. Please be aware that any coloured substance may also pose significant risk.
  • If you are using alone, the National Overdose Response Service is a free and anonymous service that you can call to check in on you. Available toll-free, 24/7 at: 1-888-688-NORS (6677).

Reduce your risk of overdose

  • Reduce your risk of overdose
  • Carry naloxone
  • Never use alone*
  • Start low and go slow (e.g., with any new purchase, start with 1/3 of a normal dose)
  • Use the Consumption and Treatment Services Site (CTS) supervised by health professionals at Guelph’s Community Health Centre

*It’s important to maintain 2 metres distance to protect yourself during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Phone a friend or call the Overdose Prevention Line (1-888-853-8542) to make sure someone is available to check up on you.