Fentanyl detected in Windsor-West Hants, two charged

Fentanyl detected in Windsor-West Hants, two charged

June 18, 2020, Windsor, Nova Scotia…On April 20, Windsor District RCMP issued a warning about drugs in the Windsor-West Hants area after responding to two overdoses in 24 hours. One person died and another was transported to hospital and has survived. The drugs were immediately seized and sent for testing. Police have received confirmation that one of the drugs was fentanyl.

As a result of the investigation, two 20-year-old women have been charged. Lexus Young of Windsor has been charged with Trafficking and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Nateisha States of Newport Station has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. Both women will appear in Windsor Provincial Court at a later date to answer to these charges.

According to Health Canada, fentanyl is a very potent opioid and a few grains can be enough to kill someone. Our primary concern is public safety and we want people to ensure they are aware of what may be circulating and to take the necessary precautions or rethink choices they may be about to make.

For more information on fentanyl, visit the Health Canada website at https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/substance-use/controlled-illegal-drugs/fentanyl.html.

Free Naloxone kits are available throughout the province for anyone at risk of overdose, or friends and family of someone at risk of overdose. These kits can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Find a pharmacy that distributes Naloxone near you at http://www.nsnaloxone.com/where-to-get-one.html.

Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous drug that is getting more popular and has caused many deaths throughout Canada. If anyone has any information about fentanyl or any other drug trafficking or any other criems they can submit an anonymous tip to crime Stoppers by calling 1 800 222 8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip at crimestoppers.ns.ca or via the P3 app.

Do your part to save lives and make your community safer!!

New form of fentanyl found in Halifax

Police warn public of a new form of fentanyl found in Halifax

Police are warning the public of a new form of fentanyl that was seized as part of an investigation last week in Halifax.

The seized drugs are bright green and have the consistency of sidewalk chalk. As part of our standard protocol, the drugs were sent to Health Canada for analysis and a presumptive test has confirmed that the substance is fentanyl. This is the first seizure of this form of fentanyl in Halifax. Investigators believe this form of fentanyl can come in multiple colors.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid drug. A lethal dose for a typical adult can be as little as two milligrams— which is equal to 2 grains of salt. You should call 911 immediately if you or someone else is exhibiting signs of an opioid overdose.

Common signs of an opioid overdose include:

  • Severe sleepiness or the person cannot be woken up
  • Breathing is slow or absent
  • Snoring or gurgling noises
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Lips and fingers are blue or grey
  • Pupils are tiny

Naloxone is a temporary antidote for opioid overdoses that buys time to seek medical assistance, but it is not a substitute for medical treatment. If not taken to the hospital, an overdose victim can fall back into the overdose within 30 minutes. Naloxone kits are available free of charge through the Nova Scotia Take Home Naloxone Program. Information on the program and where to get a kit is available at http://www.nsnaloxone.com.

More information on opioids is available at:

Anyone with any information about this drug or other drugs can call the police directly or call report it anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers by phone 1 800 222 8477 (TIPS) or on line at crimestoppers.ns.ca or via the P3 app. Do your part to save lives from this vicious drug.