A warning from the RCMP about the presence of dangerous illicit drugs in the southeast after officers responded to three fatal overdoses over the past week. The overdoses are suspected to involve methamphetamine or fentanyl.
The first report came last Thursday. RCMP were called to a home in Assiniboia when a man was found unresponsive. He was declared deceased by EMS who responded to the scene. The officers found crystals and an off-white powder at the scene that is suspected to be meth or fentanyl.
Then Monday, police were called after a report of an unresponsive man in a hotel room in Moosomin. Officers and EMS attempted CPR, but the 22-year-old man was declared deceased at the scene. A light-coloured powder was found at the scene by police and is suspected to contain meth or fentanyl.
The third happened Tuesday. RCMP officers from the Canora/Sturgis detachment were called after a woman was found unresponsive outside a home in Preeceville. The 50-year-old woman was taken to the hospital in Preeceville by EMS, and she was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Police found a white powder at the scene that is suspected to be meth or fentanyl.
The RCMP investigation into all three overdoses has led the police to believe that the drugs consumed prior to the overdoses are meth or fentanyl made available in a powder form.
The Saskatchewan Coroners Service will be performing autopsies and toxicology reports to confirm the nature and role that the illicit drugs played in the suspected overdoses.
The RCMP are urging those who use illicit drugs to take special precautions when using them. This includes never using alone, letting someone you trust know of your plans to use, carrying a naloxone kit, and calling 911 if you suspect an overdose is occurring.
Naloxone kits are available at a number of locations free of charge throughout the province.
Anyone who has information concerning these incidents, or the substances involved, is asked to contact the RCMP.