RCMP warning of dangerous drug cutting agents in street drugs

The RCMP has issued a warning that illicit drugs in Nova Scotia may contain dangerous cutting agents that could lead to serious harm or death.

The Mounties says tests determined a substance seized in Inverness earlier this year was five per cent cocaine and 95 per cent cutting agents.

Police say cutting agents in drugs seized in Nova Scotia include methamphetamine, lidocaine and benzocaine and they're also concerned about seeing the highly potent fentanyl used in the future.

Corporal  Dal Hutchinson says it's important for drug users to know that what they're buying isn't always what the dealer says it is -- adding they should never use drugs alone and should think about reaching out to addictions resources for help.