Over the last week, Huntsville OPP officers have been helping the Office of the Chief Coroner in several death investigations in the Huntsville and Muskoka Lakes area.
Police believe the recent deaths may be associated to an unusually potent strain of purple heroin. "Purple" or "Purp" is heroin that has been mixed with substances such as fentanyl or carfentanil.
Fentanyl and carfentanil are powerful synthetic opioids.
Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine and 40 times stronger than heroin.
Carfentanil is intended for veterinary use as a sedative for large animals. It is 100 times more potent than Fentanyl and 10,000 times more so than morphine.
The ongoing investigation into the deaths will continue by members of the Huntsville OPP Crime Unit and Community Street Crime Unit under the direction of Detective Inspector Matt Watson of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.
Recognize the signs of someone experiencing an overdose here:
Police are asking anyone with information to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.