Nunavut RCMP warning residents of synthetic opioid drug

A new synthetic opioid drug called isotonitazene, has prompted a public warning from the RCMP in Nunavut.

“The pills are white, in the shape of a triangle and could have an M or a P on one side and an 8 on the other,” Nunavut RCMP said. “The appearance of the pill may lead people to believe they are consuming a different drug. Given the potency of the drug, a person may need several doses of naloxone to counter an overdose caused by isotonitazene. Anyone who consumes the drug should seek immediate medical attention.”

It is a synthetic opioid similar to but stronger than fentanyl, RCMP says.

Although there have been no reported cases of isotonitazene use in the North, the RCMP would still like the public to be aware of this dangerous drug.

(Photo courtesy of RCMP.)

CKLB Radio contacted the NWT RCMP to inquire if a similar warning would be released to the public of the NWT.

Marie York-Condon is an NWT RCMP spokesperson.

“The NT RCMP are aware of recent seizures of Isotonitazene in Atlantic Canada,” York-Condon said. “Isotonitazene is an opioid similar to Fentanyl and is a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.  It can cause respiratory failure.   In Atlantic Canada, it has been sold in pill form. There have been no known seizures of the drug in the NWT.”

York-Condon says, “The NWT RCMP caution the public that taking any drug – other than under the direction of your doctor or pharmacist – is dangerous, as the drug may contain unknown substances that can potentially be fatal.”

Nunavut RCMP would like to remind residents to contact Police through 867-979-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 at any time when they see a crime happening or to provide information on a crime. You can also text a tip to Crime Stoppers. The process is completely secure and anonymous. Text NWTNUTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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