WATCH: Const. Rob Carver says there has been an incredible increase of fentanyl in Winnipeg over the summer and fall.
WINNIPEG – One man and two women were found dead inside a home in The Maples early Wednesday morning, and police say there is a potential that all three could have died from a fentanyl overdose.
Shortly after midnight, Winnipeg police officers responded to a ‘check well-being’ call on Petriw Bay, which is near Inkster Boulevard and Keewatin Street.
Officers found three bodies along with a white powder and drug paraphernalia.
“Whether is it fentanyl or or carfentanil, we don’t know,” Carver said, “We won’t know that for a couple of weeks.”
However, Carver said they are suspicious the white substance was fentanyl.
When officers arrived at the home, Carver said there was “some time between when the individuals passed and police arrival.” The three adults found were under the age of 40, Carver added.
Police say there has been a “dramatic” increase of fentanyl and carfentanil use in the city over the summer and fall.
“It’s changing the landscape of how we work and how first responders work,” Carver said. “We’re going to have to adapt it, and we are working very hard to do that.”
More Work Needed to Track Fentanyl Overdoses: Minister
Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen says the best way to tackle the increase in fentanyl overdoses is to involve several branches of government including the justice department and social services.
“We have to be… more vigilant in identifying at-risk youth,” says Goertzen. “[We also] have to engage young people who have been involved in drugs and have been successful in removing themselves from the situation or others who can reach out to their peers and work together.”
Goertzen admits the province isn’t doing enough to track fentanyl overdoses and needs to do a better job at collecting data.
He says he’s working with several departments to gather more information about the powerful drug.