RCMP warn of fentanyl-laced drugs in Sask.

March 16, 2018 4:07 pm

On March 14, 2018, Kamsack RCMP were advised by one of our partner
agencies of the presence of suspected cocaine/fentanyl in two
individuals in the Kamsack RCMP Detachment area. These two individuals
did not require any emergency medical treatment.

On March 16, 2018 at 8:40 a.m., Maidstone RCMP responded to a sudden
death complaint at a residence in the town of Maidstone. When members
arrived there was one deceased adult male and another adult male
receiving medical care from local EMS. This second adult male has since
died on the scene as well.

While this sudden death investigation is in the preliminary stages,
investigators believe the deaths may be the result of a drug overdose.
It will take some time to confirm the exact cause of death. We are
working with the office of the Chief Coroner to determine this. If the
deaths are determined to be the result of a drug overdose, it will also
take some time to confirm the substance responsible.

Public safety is a concern in situations like this. Therefore, the RCMP
again wish to warn the public of the dangers of consuming illicit drugs
from unregulated sources. Street drugs are often represented as one
thing but can unknowingly contain other substances such as fentanyl.
This particular drug may still be circulating in Saskatchewan. Contact
should be completely avoided and police should be notified.

If any member of the public has illicit drugs they are concerned may
contain fentanyl or carfentanil they should leave the area and
immediately call 911. Do not handle or touch them. Do not bring them to
your local RCMP Detachment. After calling 911, the appropriate resources
will be deployed.

Fentanyl, carfentanil and other illicit opioids continue to be a top
priority for the RCMP. We are collaborating with our domestic and
international law enforcement partners to actively address this issue by
pursuing criminal networks fueling this public health threat.