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RCMP: Accidental Overdose…Do You Know What You Are Taking?

RCMP-Crest-insigne1-e1393524295759.jpgWood Buffalo RCMP – Over the past several months, the Wood Buffalo RCMP has noticed a rise in the sudden deaths of individuals suspected to have died as a result of a drug overdose. To protect the integrity of the ongoing investigations, police will not be speaking on specific details pertaining to the deaths, but they would like to remind everyone of the dangers associated with drug usage.

Although these types of deaths are not a common occurrence within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and they seem to take place more often in larger urban centers within our country.

The term ‘Polypharmacy Toxicity’ which is defined as an unnatural cause of death, is often used by medical examiners to describe a death due to the simultaneous use of multiple drugs whether they are prescription, over the counter, illegal or some other combination.

Wood Buffalo RCMP and its’ partners strive to make our communities a safe place not only through enforcement but through education as well.

More information can also be found on the Alberta Health Services website at www.albertahealthservices.ca

If you have information about this, or any other investigation(s), please call the Wood Buffalo RCMP at (780) 788-4000, or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [www.crimestoppers.ab.ca] for instructions on how to do). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

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