Wood Buffalo RCMP warn residents about street drugs being laced with opioids

JANVIER – Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to bring awareness to local residents of the possibility that street level drugs in our region may be unknowingly laced with drugs from the opioid family, such as fentanyl, carfentanil, or methamphetamines. 

On May 15 at about 6 p.m., Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a 911 call for emergency assistance regarding a suspected drug overdose.

Wood Buffalo RCMP attended a residence in Janvier, administered narcan to an unconscious man and then transported the conscious man to the Janvier airstrip to await further medical assistance. A second RCMP officer attended the airstrip and found the first RCMP officer in medical distress, who then went unconscious in the police vehicle. Narcan was administered to the unconscious police officer, who was then transported by the regional emergency medical services ground ambulance.

An hour and a half later, at about 7:30 p.m., Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a call for help from another residence located in Janvier, unrelated to the first. A man advised he had picked up an unknown white substance from the ground along a driveway, and was in medical distress. This man was transported to local hospital via ground ambulance.

Preliminary investigation reveals the first RCMP officer was cross contaminated with an unknown drug substance.

Wood Buffalo RCMP continue to investigate. 

Police are requesting residents to contact Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040 if they find any suspicious substances, and avoid contact with it. If you have any information regarding any suspicious incidents, or have knowledge of any drug activity in our region, please contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP, or your local police. 

If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-545-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 TIPS” available through the APPLE APP of Google Play Store.

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