Friday, May 15, 2015

RCMP issue warning related to tainted heroin in Prince Rupert

Update: May 19 -- A subsequent death related to a recent heroin overdose has the RCMP once again issuing their warning of last week on the tainted drug in the community (see media release here)

The Prince Rupert RCMP has asked for the assistance of the public after responding to two calls for service related to apparent overdoses involving heroin.

On Thursday, RCMP members attended two scenes, in the case of both calls, upon their arrival males were in cardiac arrest.

Both males are expected to survive the incidents, but in a media release today, the RCMP outlined their concern over the nature of the overdoses which may be related to Fentanyl being used as an additive for the heroin.

The RCMP noted in their media release that the improper mixing of Fentanyl in street level drugs can lead to death.

In addition to the two calls that they responded to, the Prince Rupert detachment has learned of another overdose from Thursday, however that incident was not reported to police and no medical attention was required by the person in question.

More background on the incidents can be found here.

As part of their follow up to the two calls, the RCMP is requesting the assistance of the public in identifying those responsible for contributing to the overdoses.

Should anyone have further information  regarding drug trafficking in the region, they are asked to contact the RCMP at 250-624-2136 or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

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