By Kindersley RCMP
Kindersley RCMP reminds the public that fentanyl is dangerous – and it’s present in the Kindersley area.
Fentanyl is a very potent opioid pain reliever. It can take many forms: a colourful powder, chunks, pills or patches. It is also sometimes mixed with other street drugs. More information about fentanyl can be found here.
A few grains of it can be enough to kill you, so it’s important to know how to identify it. If you think you’ve found fentanyl, contact police. Officers have the training and equipment to safely handle and dispose of it.
It’s also important to recognize an overdose. Someone experiencing an opioid overdose may show signs and symptoms that include:
· Slow, weak or no breathing
· Blue lips or nails
· Dizziness and confusion
· Can’t be woken up
· Choking, gurgling or snoring sounds
· Drowsiness or difficulty staying awake
An overdose is an emergency, so call 9-1-1. Emergency responders, including frontline Saskatchewan RCMP officers, carry naloxone, a fast-acting drug used to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Also, note that the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protection for individuals who seek emergency help during an overdose, including the person experiencing an overdose. The Act protects the person who seeks help, whether they stay or leave from the overdose scene before help arrives. The Act also protects anyone else who is at the scene when help arrives.
Members of the public can also keep naloxone on hand if they or someone they know is at risk of overdose. Kindersley has a ‘take home naloxone kit’ program available free of charge through the Kindersley and District Health Centre. Naloxone can also be purchased at the Saskatchewan pharmacies on this list.
Kindersley RCMP responded to a further 25 calls for service between February 7th to February 13th. These calls included which included, but were not limited to, 2 break and enters, 4 suspicious persons calls and 1 mental health act call.
If you need to report any suspicious activity in your community, please contact the Kindersley RCMP detachment by calling 306-463-4642 or their local police service. Information can also be provided anonymously through Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers by calling 1800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitting a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.
Online Crime Reporting can be accessed at: https://ocre-sielc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/saskatchewan.