RCMP warn of Fentanyl on Burin Pen; no Clarenville cases reported yet

Published on March 17, 2017

Fentanyl pills seized by Halifax Regional Police.

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CLARENVILLE — While the drug Fentanyl is a concern for police in nearby regions of Newfoundland, RCMP in Clarenville say there are no cases reported in Clarenville as of yet.

In a news release on Feb. 28, RCMP warned the public against what they call a “growing concern” on the Burin Peninsula — the presence of Fentanyl in the area.

Media Relations Officer Cpl. Trevor O’ Keefe says although there has been no Fentanyl reported in the Clarenville area, Fentanyl laced drugs could make their way into the community.

“The drug trade runs in small circles … there’s certainly a possibility that some of the product from there (Burin Peninsula) will make its way into Clarenville.  That’s for sure,” said O’ Keefe.

Fentanyl is often added to other drugs, such as cocaine, without the user’s knowledge.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s in the Burin Peninsula, or Clarenville, or Vancouver, or New York, if you are buying any products from anybody off the street, you do not know what you’re getting,” explained O’ Keefe.

‘That’s the bottom line.  That’s the risk you’re taking.”

The RCMP’s press release describes Fentanyl, which is used clinically to treat chronic pain, as a “fast-acting opiate that is estimated to be 100 times more potent than morphine and 20-50 times more toxic then heroin.”

The drug, which is both odourless and tasteless, can cause immediate incapacitation, even death, if not treated immediately

The opiate is used clinically to treat chronic pain.

Staff Sgt. Greg Hicks of the Clarenville RCMP department says officers are trained and ready to deal with Fentanyl-laced drugs, should the problem arise in the Clarenville area.

“We’re certainly alive to the fact that it’s close by,” Hicks told TC Media.

“All the officers in Clarenville are certainly aware of the situation… it has changed the way that we respond to certain calls.”