Police warn of dangerous drugs after man dies of overdose

Police are concerned that fentanyl, a more potent alternative to morphine, might be making the rounds and sold as heroin.

The Trail and Greater District RCMP detachment is warning the public about dangerous drugs potentially being sold in the area.

Fentanyl, an opiate used as a pain killer and for anaesthesia, is a more potent alternative to morphine, and police say there are concerns the drug is being sold as heroin.

Fentanyl is much stronger than heroin and can lead to accidental overdose when consumed,” said Sgt. Darren Oelke in a press release about the issue.

On Oct. 19, police got a call about a sudden death in East Trail where a 41-year-old man was found deceased from a possible drug overdose.

The BC Coroner Service has since confirmed that the man died of a fentanyl overdose.

Later on the same day, officers received another report of an overdose. The man was treated at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital and police say he was “lucky to survive.”

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