The HNHU is receiving reports of an increase in overdoses in the community. “Blue Fentanyl” is a highly toxic fentanyl-laced heroin. It is called “blue” because it is often tinted blue.

Drug users are being warned not to use drugs alone, to carry a naloxone kit (available at many local pharmacies and Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit offices), test your drug by doing a small amount at first and report tainted drugs and overdoses anonymously at

Signs of an Opioid Overdose: Person can’t stay awake, slow or no pulse, slow or no breathing, gurgling, skin looks pale, grey, or blue, feels cold, pupils are pinpoint or eyes rolled back, body is limp, will not respond to noise or stimulation.