There’s a plea from Winnipeg police to beware of fentanyl.
They say three people had to be rushed to hospital on the weekend, suffering from overdoses. Two of them were unconscious and police even thought they were dead before paramedics revived them.
Dr. Joss Reimer with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says fentanyl is highly addictive, in part because it’s very fast-acting.
“We know that faster-acting drugs are more addictive than slower-acting drugs, and fentanyl is one of the fastest-acting opioids.”
The opioid – often cut into other drugs without the users knowledge – is made in China and smuggled into Canada.
“This drug seems to be affecting people from all areas of the country, all areas of the city. It’s not sticking to one, specific population,” Dr. Reimer explains. “Many people may not even know they’re using fentanyl because we know that it’s being put in drugs that people don’t even realize it’s there.”
There were 29 deaths in Manitoba last year linked to the drug.
While the problem is worse in other parts of Canada, Winnipeg police say they’re seeing more and more cases here all the time.