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Police probe recent spike in fentanyl overdoses on P.E.I.

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Key takeaways: 

  • ‘First and foremost, we want to ensure people are secure to watch for the victims.’
  • Summerside Police’s Dale Corish states, ‘Police would urge anyone taking drugs of that sort to make sure they have somebody available who can help Narcan.’

No one has passed following recent cases of unexpected overdoses, but public health and police are on alert as fentanyl has once again turned up on P.E.I.

Fentanyl is a highly powerful and potentially lethal opioid sometimes detected in illicit drugs.

P.E.I.’s Chief Public Health Office released a public health warning late Thursday, informing Islanders that the drug is circulating in the region.

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No one has passed following recent cases of unexpected overdoses, but public health and police are on alert as fentanyl has once again turned up on P.E.I

There have been potentially three fentanyl overdoses reported on P.E.I. this week. That has two on Wednesday, where Summerside police may have saved a life after administering the opioid antipode naloxone.

Naloxone is sold under the trademark name Narcan. It’s one of some early examples where the life-saving antitode was used by first responders in Summerside.

“Police urge anyone taking drugs of that kind to make sure they have somebody available who can administer Narcan, and definitely never take drugs like that by yourself,” stated Summerside Police’s Dale Corish.

Source – cbc.ca

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