Swift Current RCMP are reporting a grim end to 2022 following two suspected fentanyl deaths in the past three days.
The two fatal overdoses are reminder of the presence of dangerous illicit drugs in Swift Current and surrounding areas.
Swift Current RCMP are reporting a 30-year-old man died on December 29, 2022 and a 27-year-old man died on December 31, 2022.
“The two men did not consume the same substances,” the RCMP reported in a press release. “One substance is a green powder. The other substance consists of clear or white crystals. The two substances did not look like regular fentanyl and may not have been sold as fentanyl. However, police field tests of both substances detected the presence of fentanyl.”
Swift Current RCMP is urging individuals who consume illicit drugs to take special precautions when using following these concerning instances.
- Never use alone,
- Let someone you trust know of your plans to use,
- Always carry a Naloxone kit. They are available free of charge at many locations in the province,
- Call 911 if you suspect an overdose is occurring.
For more information on ways to protect yourself, or someone you know, when using illicit drugs, read a preciously issued news release https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/news/2021/saskatchewan-rcmp-renews-warnings-the-dangers-illicit-drugs-recent-overdoses.
The Swift Current RCMP are asking in individuals have information regarding these incidents, or the substances involved in these incidents, to call Swift Current RCMP at 306-778-4870. Information can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitting a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.