Canton, OH (WJW) – The Canton City Public Health Service is warning citizens about counterfeit pills causing an increase in community overdoses.
According to the department, employees were notified of counterfeit / pressed pills that appear in the Canton District. These pills have caused an increase in overdose and subsequently fatalities.
Officials say that anyone who uses drugs must discard pills purchased illegally.
Key public partners have been notified of the situation and Canton City Public Health continues to monitor the situation.
The health department says that anyone who uses drugs should remember the following:
- Never use alone
- Have naloxone (Narcan®) readily available
- Naloxone is available 24/7 at Coleman Crisis (330) 452-6000
- Use fentanyl test strips
- If the user plans to inject, take a test shot
- Know the symptoms of overdose
- Always call 91
- Know your deliveries and test prod If you are not sure
- Call the Opiate Hotline (330) 454-HELP (4357) for further information on detoxification, treatment, education, system navigation and other resources.
ADDITIONAL You do, they remind Stark County residents that you can also help prevent overdose deaths by:
- Knowing the symptoms of overdose and calling 911 if you see someone who needs help
- Availability of naloxone (Narcan®) available and administer training, stay with the patient until help arrives
- Take unused, unwanted or expired drugs in one of the 18 permanent drug repositories in the county Stark
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