Hinton RCMP and Hinton General Investigation Section are currently investigating the sudden deaths of two males in Hinton, Alta.
Police responded to the sudden death of a 29-year-old male on Feb. 27, 2021 and a 32-year-old male on March 6, 2021. The preliminary investigation indicates the deaths may be related to a drug overdose.
Hinton RCMP's investigation continues and will include laboratory analysis of the substances suspected of being contaminated with lethal quantities of opioid-related substances.
Police warn there is potential risks and dangers of using or even touching drugs/drug paraphernalia or anything they believe could be contaminated with drugs. These substances can pose a threat to persons handling it without taking appropriate health and safety precautions.
An overdose is always an emergency. If you witness a drug overdose, call 9-1-1 immediately, and provide whatever assistance possible. Naloxone is a fast acting drug that temporarily reverses the effects of opioid overdoses and should be administered if its available.
"We see the devastation that drug use and overdoses cause." says Constable Kelly Barrie of the Hinton RCMP General Investigation Section, "It impacts families, friends and the entire community."
To report drug related activity please contact Hinton RCMP at 780-865-5544 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com ( http://www.p3tips.com/ ) or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.