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RCMP – Fentanyl Public Safety Notice

RCMP-Crest-insigne1-e1393524295759.jpgGrande Prairie, AB:  Following several recent Grande Prairie-area drug seizures, Grande Prairie RCMP and Alberta Health Services (AHS) are again reminding Albertans about the significant health risks associated with street drug use

During the past month alone, the Grande Prairie RCMP has seized over 10,000 pills of fentanyl.  Typically sold under the street name ‘greenies’, the RCMP has also noticed an increase in the possession of this drug by people who are searched incidental to arrest.  A number of recent sudden death investigations with suspected links to this drug are also underway.

“The RCMP is dedicated to keep the people of Grande Prairie safe and secure” says Cpl Roy Kennedy, the media relations officer of the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment.  “The presence of these drugs poses a threat to our families, and our children.”  The illegal distribution of illicit drugs funds criminal organizations and contributes to other illegal activities including break and enters, thefts and violence to name a few.  Those that traffic in illicit drugs destroy lives, homes and communities.

The growing prevalence of fentanyl is a public health risk.  Often indistinguishable from other drugs, fentanyl presents a significantly higher risk of toxic effects. Fentanyl also produces symptoms and signs that mimic the effects of other opioids; however, different doses of medications are required to treat the toxic effects of fentanyl.

Alberta Health Services always advises against the use of street drugs.

If anyone who has used or come into contact with fentanyl or any other street drug, becomes unconscious, stops breathing, experiences chest pain or has a seizure, call 911 immediately.

Albertans can also call PADIS toll-free, 24/7, at 1-800-332-1414, for confidential discussion with staff trained in the assessment and management of exposures to drugs, including fentanyl.  If you are concerned about your own drug or alcohol use, the drug and/or alcohol use of a friend or loved one, or would simply like more information on drug and alcohol use, contact the Addiction & Mental Health 24 Hour Helpline at 1-866-332-2322.

The RCMP will continue to crack down on those who illegally possess and distribute this highly potent and potentially dangerous drug.

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