The Saskatchewan Health Authority is urging residents to watch for signs and symptoms of opioid poisoning and to take precautions after a number of fentanyl overdoses occurred over the weekend. Continue reading “Opioid overdoses trigger warning by health authorities”
A 27-year-old man from Warman is in custody and facing several serious charges related to importing illegal drugs.
In summer 2017, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) began an investigation into possible illegal importations of suspected Fentanyl derivatives into Saskatchewan.
As a result of further investigation, on November 7, 2017, a 27-year-old male was arrested without incident in Warman by CBSA and Warman RCMP. Continue reading “Warman man faces charges of fentanyl smuggling”
Kindersley RCMP officers have confirmed the presence of a highly-toxic chemical known as W-18 in counterfeit Oycodone tablets.
On January 13, 2017, RCMP Kindersley detachment was advised by the Health Canada Drug Analysis Centre that traces of the substance known as W-18 were found in one of three counterfeit Oxycodone tablets that had been seized last April and subsequently submitted for testing.
According to the RCMP, W-18 is an extremely toxic and dangerous synthetic research chemical, sometimes used as a cutting agent for opioids such as fentanyl. W-18 can be lethal even in extremely small doses. It is not currently illegal under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, however, Health Canada states on its website that it is moving to add W-18 – and related compounds – to Schedule 1 of the CDSA.
The RCMP once again wants to warn the public of the dangers of consuming illicit and unknown drugs. Street drugs are often represented as one thing while being something completely different. Mixing various agents can create a deadly combination.
The samples in question were seized along with a number of other illicit drugs during a traffic stop in April, 2016 on Hwy #21 south of Kindersley. Among the other drugs seized were fentanyl, cocaine, ecstasy and heroin.
Two people were charged:
In December, 2016, Trehia May Stevenson of Medicine Hat, Alberta pleaded guilty to Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (CDSA) and was sentenced to 16 months.
Thomas M LaClare of Kindersley is charged with two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and two counts of Possession (CDSA) along with a number of Criminal Code offences. His trial is currently scheduled for February 14, 2017.
Health care authorities in the Kindersley area have been notified of the test results.
For its part, the RCMP takes employee safety very seriously.Guidelines, procedures, training and protective measures are in place for handling dangerous/unknown substances.
In the event of opioid exposure, Naloxone kits have been distributed across the country to help ensure member safety. Those same kits are also used by members as an initial medical intervention for people in emergency situations due to opioid overdose.