WINNIPEG – Another two people died over the weekend from what may be fentanyl overdoses.
Staff members found the body of a 30-year-old man inside an Exchange District hotel on McDermot Avenue early Sunday afternoon.
Officers found drugs and drug paraphernalia inside the suite.
Emergency crews were also called to a home on Kinlock Lane in the Richmond West neighbourhood at around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, where they found two men in critical condition.
A 22-year-old man has died in hospital, while a 21 year old man remains in critical condition.
Police say the two were renting a unit in the home and officers found drugs there as well.
In both cases, Winnipeg Police say fentanyl is suspected, however further testing needs to be done in order to confirm their suspicions.
“Based on the drugs and the nature of what we’ve seized and located within the house, all arrows are pointing in that direction,” Const. Jason Michalyshen told reporters at police headquarters.
He said Winnipeggers need to realize fentanyl is making its way into all corners of the city.
“This is not a particular area of the city or a particular group of individuals,” Michalyshen said. “This is obviously impacting all walks of life and individuals who are willing to put themselves at risk.”
The latest overdoses come after three suspected fentanyl-related overdoses in the Inkster Gardens area of the city. A man and two women were found dead inside a home on Pitrew Bay.
Last month, a nine-month-old boy was exposed to fentanyl’s much more powerful cousin, carfentanil. He survived after being rushed to hospital in critical condition.
Earlier in October, the bodies of two men were found in car in the North End. Police are still waiting on toxicology reports to determine if fentanyl or carfentanil played a role in their deaths.
“It’s quite clear what we’re dealing with and the epidemic essentially that we’re seeing in our community – we need to continue to talk about and we’re not going shy away from it, these are difficult things to talk about,” Michalyshen said.