'Purple Heroin' seized by Sudbury Police

Greater Sudbury Police say earlier this month they seized a quantity of heroin mixed with fentanyl powder.

Heroin laced with fentanyl latest danger for drug users on Sudbury streets

Sudbury police have seized heroin mixed with fentanyl, referred to as 'Purple Heroin' on the streets. (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

Greater Sudbury Police say they seized a quantity of heroin mixed with fentanyl powder earlier this month.

Police say t's referred to as "purple heroin" on the street and it can be lethal in very small doses.

Because it is a powder, purple heroin can be mixed with other controlled substances or be found in tablet form.

Counterfeit tablets containing fentanyl are often produced to appear like other prescription pills such as oxycodone. Fake or pressed pills can easily crumble into powder and lose their structure.

Police are warning users to exercise extreme caution and not ingest or take any substance that is not prescribed.

For people who suffer from addiction and use street level drugs, police are advising them to take all safety precautions such as using small doses, never use alone, and have naloxone readily available in case of overdose.