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RCMP warn public of dangerous drugs after two die on Thunderchild FN

Turtleford RCMP are warning the public of the presence of dangerous illicit drugs circulating in the detachment area.
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Preliminary investigation suggests fentanyl may have been involved in these incidents, but this cannot be confirmed until the results of a toxicology have been completed by the Saskatchewan Coroners Service. Fentanyl pills / File photo

TURTLEFORD - Turtleford RCMP are warning the public of the presence of dangerous illicit drugs circulating in the detachment area.

Two separate sudden deaths occurred on April 11 on Thunderchild First Nation. Preliminary investigation suggests fentanyl may have been involved in these incidents, but this cannot be confirmed until the results of a toxicology have been completed by the Saskatchewan Coroners Service. The investigations are still ongoing.

During a separate traffic stop investigation on Thunderchild First Nation on April 12, drugs located and seized by Turtleford RCMP from a vehicle later tested positive for fentanyl. This investigation continues. 

“We need the public’s assistance to help remove these dangerous substances from our communities, and fentanyl is just one example,” said Cpl. Dwight Sacrey of the Turtleford RCMP.

“Please report information about the presence of drugs or drug trafficking by calling 310-RCMP or you can report information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.”

For those seeking emergency assistance during an overdose, the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protection.

Naloxone kits and training and take-home fentanyl and benzodiazepine drug checking strips are available.

Find more information about overdose prevention in Saskatchewan here.  

Signs of an individual experiencing an overdose can include slow, weak or no breathing, gurgling or choking sounds, lips or fingernails that are blue, or they may appear dizzy, confused or seem exhausted.

Stay with the individual and call 911 or your local emergency number to seek emergency medical assistance.

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