‘A heightened risk’: RCMP warn of dangerous fentanyl mixture popping up in parts of Canada – CTV

Dec. 14, 2023

Mounties are warning the public of a dangerous drug mixture including fentanyl and an animal sedative that is circulating throughout southern Saskatchewan.

RCMP have determined these drugs look similar to other versions of fentanyl. However, after testing recent drugs seized during criminal investigations, officers believe they contain fentanyl as well as benzodiazepines and xylazine, a powerful animal tranquilizer used in veterinary medicine.

“We believe there’s a heightened risk here,” said Insp. Jeff Smoliak from the Saskatchewan RCMP’s Enforcement Response Team.

Mounties have responded to several drug overdoses, including fatal ones, over the last few months. They could not say how many are linked to this specific mixture.

“Using illicit drugs is always dangerous, but there is extra risk for fentanyl users in southern Saskatchewan right now,” Smoliak said, adding areas around Swift Current and Moose Jaw are already seeing the drug.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/a-heightened-risk-rcmp-warn-of-dangerous-fentanyl-mixture-popping-up-in-parts-of-canada-1.6686710

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