9 overdose calls in 24 hours prompt RCMP warning in Moncton area – CBC

Police suspect fentanyl is behind the overdoses, adding there are some ‘lethal drugs’ in circulation

Dec 22, 2022

Codiac Regional RCMP issued a warning Thursday after responding to nine calls in 24 hours because people in the Moncton area had overdosed “on what is suspected to be fentanyl.”

“There are some extremely dangerous and even lethal drugs in circulation and there’s no way to know if what a person is consuming may contain one of them,” police said on Twitter.

The RCMP did not say whether any of the overdoses were fatal, only that Narcan had been used to counter the effects.

Debby Warren, executive director of Ensemble Moncton, understands that nine overdoses in a 24-hour period sounds like a lot, but she suspects it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The charity offers harm-reduction services to drug users, including a needle exchange program and an overdose prevention site.

Judging by the number of Narcan or Naloxone kits her group hands out, Warren believes the rise in substance use and overdoses has become a health-care crisis.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/rcmp-moncton-codiac-drug-overdose-debby-warren-ensemble-substance-abuse-1.6695636

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