The Regina Police Service is reiterating warnings to the public about the dangers of fentanyl. A recent investigation conducted by the Regina Police Service Drug Unit resulted in a drug seizure. Subsequent analysis of the seized drugs was conducted by Health Canada and found to contain carfentanil, a powerful opioid and analogue of fentanyl which, even in minute quantities, can cause death. Details of this investigation cannot be shared, however the confirmation of carfentanil, underscores the need to warn the public about the extreme dangers posed by drug consumption.
Fentanyl, or its analogue carfentanil, in quantities of as little as two milligrams (about the size of four grains of salt), is enough to kill an adult. The short-term effects of taking carfentanil can include: drowsiness, constipation, nausea/vomiting, headaches, dizziness, difficulty breathing, euphoria, itching and sweating. The signs of carfentanil (and other opioid drug) overdose include: weak breathing, drowsiness, cold/clammy skin, pinpoint pupils, collapse and coma. Anyone observing someone presenting these symptoms should call 9-1-1 immediately.
Police are urging people to pay attention to the dangers of illegal substance abuse.
- Drug dealers don’t care about the well-being of their customers. The customer never knows what they’re getting; there is no “quality control”.
- If you don’t take drugs, don’t start.
- If you see someone presenting the symptoms of a drug overdose, call 9-1-1.
- If you are struggling with addiction, see a health professional.
- Parents: have these conversations with your children. Maintain a calm, two-way conversation. Try not to lecture, threaten or judge them. Discuss peer pressure and ways they can say no to drugs.
For more information on opioids, the signs of opioid overdose and the risks, please visit Health Canada’s pages on opioids.
As always, anyone who has information that could assist police in drug investigations is encouraged to contact their local police agency or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).