An open invitation is extended to all members of Oxford County and elsewhere to
attend public presentations on the dangers of illicit or "bootleg" fentanyl. The
presentations will be held on:
Tuesday May 9th at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
895 Ridgewood Drive, Woodstock, ON
The forum is all about coming together as a community to share information and awareness
and to provide community resources.
What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl (prescribed in patch form) is an opioid that is much
more potent than other opioids, such as heroin, morphine, methadone, or codeine.
Illicit or "bootleg" fentanyl is a powdered form of Fentanyl with 100% purity that
is typically pressed into pills and sold on the street. Carfentanil is an opioid
used to sedate large animals and is 100 times more potent than fentanyl. Carfentanil
has been seized in areas surrounding Oxford County. Amounts as little as 2-4 grains
of salt can cause an overdose. It is being mixed into other drugs like heroin, cocaine,
ecstasy, and also in counterfeit pills that are made to look like other prescription
pills (like 'Oxycontin' or 'Percocet') therefore people may not be aware they are
Fentanyl is blamed for overdose deaths across Canada and the United States. Oxford
County has not been immune to the arrival and abuse of Fentanyl and its lethal potential.
Woodstock Police Service has responded to a number of calls for assistance on opioid
overdose and a recent fatal overdose is believed to be the result of illicit fentanyl.
A number of investigations have resulted in seizures of substances believed to be
illicit fentanyl. Illicit fentanyl is being sold on the streets of Woodstock as
heroin and as a substance called "popcorn."
Presentations from Oxford County Public Health, Addiction Services, Mental Health,
an Emergency Physician, a local pharmacy, Police, EMS and Fire will provide valuable
information regarding awareness, prevention and education concerning this deadly
drug. The presentations will be live cast via the Woodstock Police Service Facebook
page as well the Ontario Provincial Police will live stream the event via
their twitter feed for those who cannot attend in person. Several of the community
agencies represented will have booths set up to distribute materials and answer
questions or provide assistance.
An online awareness campaign supported by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police
offers information about short-term fentanyl antidotes at http://www.facethefentanyl.ca.
For more information please contact Constable Nikki VanLeeuwen: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Chief Bill Renton at