GP RCMP releases a public warning

Randi-Marie Adams
09/22/2020

 
Grande Prairie RCMP has received laboratory analysis results on drugs seized by police earlier this year, and are warning the public as the results are concerning.
In July 2020, Grande Prairie RCMP was conducting an investigation following a traffic stop and seized a substance believed to be fentanyl.
 
The suspected fentanyl was sent to a Health Canada laboratory for analysis. The results of the analysis have returned, indicating the substance did contain fentanyl, along with the following:
 
• MDMA
• cocaine
• methamphetamine
• caffeine
• 2-Fluorordeschloroketamine
 
These lab results are highly concerning, as Health Canada advises the substance 2-Fluorordeschloroketamine (which is controlled under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) is newly encountered in this community and is known to be associated with overdoses or deaths.
 
RCMP warn the public that information on the safety of 2-Fluorordeschloroketamine is very limited. As such, this substance could represent a threat to persons handling it without taking appropriate health and safety precautions. RCMP further warns that individuals consuming drugs may be unaware this substance is present.
 
Drug use can be highly addictive and can often lead to harmful side effects including overdose and death. There is an increased risk when different drugs are combined with each other or with alcohol, and when the user is unaware of the content of the drugs they are consuming.
 
Signs of drug overdose include:
• Difficulty walking, talking, staying awake
• Blue lips or nails
• Small pupils
• Cold/clammy skin
• Dizziness and confusion
• Choking, gurgling or snoring sounds
• Slow, weak or no breathing
• Inability to wake up
 
An overdose is always an emergency. If you witness a drug overdose, call 9-1-1 immediately and provide whatever assistance possible. Naloxone is a fast-acting drug that temporarily reverses the effects of opioid overdoses and should be administered if it's available.
 
To report drug-related activity please contact Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com

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