Toronto Police have issued a warning to locals after responding to a number of recent opioid overdose calls in one part of the city, seven of which were fatal.
According to Toronto Police, they believe the increase in deadly overdoses in the area is related to one specific batch of drugs being sold downtown that is laced with fentanyl.
In a public safety alert put out by the police, they say that at least seven people have died in the past two weeks in Toronto's 14th division which includes the waterfront, Trinity-Bellwoods, Kensington Market, Chinatown, and Little Italy among other areas.
The alert also says that police believe the drugs responsible are all from a batch of either fentanyl or carfentanil, both of which are deadly even in the smallest amounts.
This recent announcement goes to show that the opioid crisis in Toronto, and across Canada, is still ongoing, but it is definitely nothing new.
Back in May, another warning was issued in Toronto about street drugs being sold in the city which also laced with deadly amounts of fentanyl. Prior to that, the federal government changed prescription laws surrounding opioids to make it safer for drug users in response to the opioid crisis.
This latest warning from police also comes at the same time as the announcement from the Ontario government that they would be freezing the opening of any new safe injection sites in the province.