RCMP issue warning after fatal overdoses

Police suspect opioids; waiting for confirmation

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RCMP in Slave Lake are issuing a warning after two suspected opioid overdoses in a period of five days.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, police and EMS reported to a residence in Slave Lake after a 26-year-old man was discovered deceased. While a formal cause of death is yet to be determined, investigators believe that opioid use may have been a contributing factor.

Then on Saturday, March 2, 2019, emergency crews responded to a report of a 24-year-old female in cardiac arrest. Efforts to revive her were not successful. As in the previous case, opioids are believed to have been a factor in this death.

“Our primary concern is public safety,” says Slave Lake RCMP Staff Sgt. John Spaans. “These recent cases are out of the ordinary for the community, which leads us to believe something very dangerous is in circulation. Anyone who chooses to engage in high-risk behaviour such as opioid use is urged to rethink that choice.”

Autopsies have been performed in each of these instances by the Office of the Medical Examiner. Until toxicology tests are completed, an official cause of death will not be known.

If you have information about these occurrences, or any crime(s), please contact the Slave Lake RCMP at 780-849-3999.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the ‘P3 Tips’ app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”

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