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Health alert issued after 4 overdose deaths in Wellington County

The Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy (WGDS) has issued a health alert after four people died of suspect drug overdoses in the area.

Deaths reported in Guelph, Rockwood, Elora and Arthur

The Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy (WGDS) suggests people using to carry naloxone. (Christine Rankin/CBC)

The Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy (WGDS) has issued a health alert after four people died of suspect drug overdoses across Wellington County.

WGDS said the deaths were reported since Feb. 21 in Guelph, Rockwood, Elora and Arthur.

"Fentanyl is believed to be involved … and may suggest that a stronger than normal substance is circulating in our communities," the WGDS said in a release on Monday.

"Red and purple-coloured fentanyl were indicated in two deaths. Please be aware that any coloured substance may also pose significant risk," the release said.

The release suggests people carry naloxone, never use alone and use the Consumption and Treatment Services Site to reduce risk of overdose. People are also encouraged to start with a low dose and "go slow."

Anyone using drugs alone can receive support or a check-in through the National Overdose Response Service available at 1-888-688-NORS (6677).

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