Bay St. George RCMP is warning the general public of a growing concern regarding Fentanyl in the Stephenville area. Police recently seized fake Percocet pills and have confirmed through lab analysis that they contain Fentanyl.
The seized pills are round and white stamped with "TEC." They are very similar in appearance to the authentic medically-prescribed Percocet tablet.
Fentanyl is a fast-acting opiate that is estimated to be 100 times more potent than morphine and 20-50 times more toxic than heroin. It has legitimate clinical uses for treating chronic pain, but is extremely dangerous when consumed illicitly. Perhaps even more dangerous is the fact that Fentanyl can be added to other drugs without the user's knowledge.
Two milligrams of pure Fentanyl (the size of about two grains of salt) is enough to kill the average adult. It is odourless and tasteless, and therefore hard to detect.
The effects of Fentanyl occur very quickly after use. It can cause immediate incapacitation and sometimes death if not treated immediately after exposure. Anyone who believes they may have come into contact with this drug should seek immediate medical attention.
Fentanyl is a respiratory depressant that, when cut with other drugs, cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. Symptoms of an early overdose of fentanyl can include:
- Severe sleepiness
- Slow heartbeat
- Trouble breathing
- Slow, shallow breathing or snoring
- Cold, clammy skin
- Trouble walking or talking
While abstinence from drug use is always the best choice, police and health authorities suggest anyone who chooses to use drugs, have a sober friend who can call 911 immediately if someone has taken drugs and exhibits any overdose symptoms.
This warning is intended to inform the public of the dangers of Fentanyl and prevent a possible tragedy.
Anyone with information on drug trafficking in the Bay St. George area is asked to contact the RCMP at (709) 643-2119. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP190 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637), or submit a webtip at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.