Newspaper article The Canadian Press

OPP Say They Believe Fentanyl Being Abused in 2 Remote Northern Communities

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

OPP Say They Believe Fentanyl Being Abused in 2 Remote Northern Communities

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Police issue fentanyl in NW Ontario

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RED LAKE, Ont. - Provincial police are warning people in two remote northwestern Ontario communities that the deadly opioid fentanyl is in street drugs available in the area.

Const. Jon Schmidt says police intelligence indicates that fentanyl is being "abused" in Red Lake and Ear Falls and they want to make sure people know the drug has reached their communities, located more than 500 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ont.

Schmidt says police have not had any reports of fentanyl-related overdoses in the area but are aware of its presence in the region.

Fentanyl is an extremely potent synthetic opioid prescribed to manage acute and chronic pain that is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 40 times stronger than heroin. …

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