First Nation warns about contaminants in illicit drugs – Winnipeg Free Press

May. 27, 2024

BRANDON — Sioux Valley Dakota Nation issued an urgent health warning to community members on Saturday about dangerous contaminants in illicit drugs after fentanyl was recently found by police.

Chief Vince Tacan said on Sunday that he authorized the advisory after learning what officers found when they responded to a call at a home on the First Nation within the last week. Tacan said they noticed “strange substances.”

“It was fentanyl,” Tacan said. “They had it tested and that’s what came back.”

“So I thought, well, we should be telling people that it’s here so that we can avoid any overdoses. It’s an abundance of caution,” Tacan said.

“We’re trying to make people aware because up until now we haven’t had any fentanyl deaths — knock on wood, but it’s here now, right? And the worst-case scenario would be some child accidentally getting in contact with this.”

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