Slave Lake, Alberta – RCMP in Slave Lake are issuing a warning after three suspected opioid overdoses in the past 4 days.
On Tuesday, May 9 2017 police and EMS responded to a complaint of a person in respiratory distress. EMS administered naloxone to the patient and were able to revive them.
On May 11, 2017 EMS and RCMP responded to two more calls of a similar nature. Police responded to residence in Slave Lake where a 37 year old male had been discovered deceased. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death but investigators are concerned that there could be more dangerous substances in the community. Later in the same afternoon, police along with EMS responded to a second incident where naloxone was again administered and the patient regained consciousness and was transported to hospital.
“Our primary concern and our number one priority is always public safety,” says Slave Lake RCMP Sgt. Marlene Brown. “These recent cases have raised concern for us that there may be something very dangerous circulating in our community. I want to urge anyone that might choose to take opioids such as fentanyl to please rethink that choice”.
If you have information about this, or any other crime(s), please call the Slave Lake RCMP, 780-849-3045, or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [www.crimestoppers.ab.ca] for instructions on how to do). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.