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As a result of an investigation in August, Saugeen Shores Police have confirmed the presence of Etizolam, a central nervous system depressant, in Saugeen Shores.

The investigation resulted in the seizure of brass knuckles, two airsoft pistols and an unknown purple powder which was sent away for forensic analysis. On January 7 Saugeen Shores Police were made aware that the purple powder was a mixture of substances including Fentanyl and Etizolam.

Etizolam is described as a benzodiazepine similar to Diazepam but 10 times more toxic, read a January 7 media release from Saugeen Shores Police. An Etizolam overdose cannot be reversed by administering Naloxone.

Harm reduction tips for Etizolam and other drugs, such as Fentanyl, include:

• Avoid using Etizolam alone. When using with someone else, avoid using at the same time. If you must use alone, call the Overdose Prevention Line at 1-888-853-8542.
• Avoid mixing different drugs. Mixing drugs, including alcohol, increases the risk of overdose.
• Go slow. Use smaller amounts and do test doses to check the strength of the drug.
• Know your tolerance. The current street supply may be toxic and fatal.
• Get overdose prevention training and carry a Naloxone kit.

Overdose is a medical emergency. Call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides protection from simple possession charges when 911 is called for an overdose.

Naloxone kits are available free of charge from pharmacies and at the Grey Bruce Health Unit Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., no appointment needed.

For those looking for support:

Mental Health Crisis Line of Grey Bruce, trained volunteers available to help people in distress or crisis: 1-877-470-5200

ConnexOntario, for free and confidential health services information and referral for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs: 1-866-531-2600

Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic, for substance abuse issues, primarily addictions to opioids and alcohol: 519-376-3999