Masset RCMP Warn of Possible Fentanyl-laced Marijuana

Masset RCMP are warning the public to beware of marijuana that may be laced with fentanyl.

Police say they have reason to believe the powerful opiod, which has been linked to over 500 deaths in BC so far this year, may have been added to some marijuana currently available in the Haida Gwaii village.

RCMP warn that no amount of fentanyl is safe, and that a person can overdose in seconds.

Symptoms include shallow breathing, slowed heart rate, difficulty walking or standing, nausea and drowsiness. 

If you suspect that you or someone you know is experiencing a fentanyl overdose, call for medical help immediately.

 

== RCMP RELEASE ==

Marijuana laced with Fentanyl

Masset

2016-11-09 12:07 PST

File # 2016-1368

 

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Masset RCMP has reason to believe that there is marijuana available for sale in
Masset that is laced with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid (painkiller) that is extremely
dangerous even in very small doses. Illegal fentanyl has been linked to over 500 deaths in the
province of British Columbia in 2016 alone. Fentanyl is also being sold in British Columbia in pill
form, known as 'Fake Oxy' or 'Oxy 80'. It is highly addictive.

At this time, Masset RCMP would like to warn the public of the dangers of exposure to fentanyl,
which is 100 times more powerful than heroin and can be fatal if smoked, swallowed, injected or
even absorbed through the skin.

Illegal fentanyl is not safe in any dosage and a person can overdose in seconds. Symptoms of
overdose include:

  • shallow breathing
  • slowed heart rate
  • difficulty walking or standing
  • trouble breathing
  • nausea
  • drowsiness

If you suspect that you or someone you know is experiencing a fentanyl overdose, call for medical
help immediately. BC Ambulance is available 24/7 at 1-800-461-9911. If you see a white powdery
substance near someone who may have overdosed, do not handle it. Call Masset RCMP at 250-626-3991
and request assistance with its safe removal.

Masset RCMP also encourages the use of CrimeStoppers by calling their anonymous tip line at
1-800-222-8477 or by accessing their website at www.bccrimestoppers.com and following the links to
Northern BC. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2000 upon an arrest and charge.

Constable Patti Evans
Acting Operations Officer Masset Detachment 250-626-3991
Fax 250-626-5138

Released by

Cpl. Madonna Saunderson

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
North District
4020 5th Avenue, Prince George B.C. V2M 7E7