Deadly drug may be circulating in Hamilton

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

A deadly form of heroin may be circulating on Hamilton streets.

The regional coroner’s office is conducting toxicology tests on three recent deaths that may be linked to heroin use.

This, as Hamilton police continue to search for where the drug is coming from.

Deputy Police Chief Eric Girt says there appears to be more overdoses with a new batch of heroin in town, but wouldn’t speculate if it was being mixed with other drugs like cocaine or the potent painkiller Fentanyl.

But he is asking anyone who thinks they may have this concoction to turn it over to police.

The deaths come after police issued a warning two weeks ago about a potentially fatal grade of the drug that had led to at least 8 non-fatal overdoses earlier this summer.

Girt adds it is too early to determine if Monday’s theft from a Hamilton mountain pharmacy is connected to this case.

Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson says Public Health is handing out free drug overdose kits in the community.

50 of the kits have been distributed since May and officials are hoping they will help curb the recent rise in overdoses.

Public Health nurses are offering the kits at various locations and will come to where the user is.

Drug users are asked to call 905-528-5894 to receive a kit.

Public Health officials say people who want to reduce their opiate use can talk to their doctor or call the Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Program at 905-546-3606.

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