Saskatchewan

Regina police warn public of fentanyl influx after alleged theft

Police say there could be an influx of a potentially lethal drug on the streets due to an alleged prescription drug theft.

Fentanyl overdose caused 5 deaths in Regina between Jan 2013 to August 2015, coroner's office says

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic drug that is often cut with other substances to create a cheaper high. (CBC)

Regina police are warning about a possible influx of fentanyl in the Queen City. 

Officers said the drug enforcement team is investigating a recent theft of the prescription drug and painkiller. . 

Fentanyl poses a serious and potentially fatal health risk when not taken under the direction of medical professionals, according to police

Saskatchewan's coroner's office said 25 people have died of fentanyl overdoses in the province between Jan. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2015. Five of those deaths happened in Regina and 12 deaths in Saskatoon.

The drug can cause respiratory arrest and be 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin, oxycodone or morphine. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Regina Police or Crime Stoppers. 

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