The Moose Jaw Police has received information regarding a new strain of fentanyl that is resistant to naloxone and is circulating in southern Saskatchewan – particularly in the Moose Jaw and Swift Current areas.
The Saskatchewan RCMP has confirmed they have responded to multiple overdoses and deaths in recent months.
As of December 13, 2023, the MJPS can confirm that this new strain of fentanyl hasn’t been reported within the City of Moose Jaw.
According to the RCMP, this fentanyl does not look different than other circulating strains – but may be resistant to naloxone. Naloxone is a fast-acting drug used to temporarily reverse the effects of the overdoses caused by opioids.
If you or someone you know uses fentanyl, here is what you need to know:
- Anyone could be at risk of an overdose and don’t use alone.
- Learn the signs of an opioid overdose: Difficulty walking or talking or staying awake; blue lips or nails, pinpoint pupils, cold and clammy skin, dizziness or confusion; extreme drowsiness; choking, gurgling or snoring sounds; slow or weak breathing; inability to wake up even when shaken or shouted at.
- Know the Good Samaritan Act will protect anyone experiencing a drug overdose from charges of possession of a controlled substance.
- Use Naloxone – Though naloxone-resistant fentanyl is circulating, naloxone is still recommended that it be administered to someone experiencing an overdose. Learn more about a take-home Naloxone kit HERE.
- Help is available – To find services near you, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/addictions. You can also call the Province of Saskatchewan’s HealthLine at 811.
If you witness an overdose, immediately call 9-1-1.
Anyone with further information please contact CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-222-8477 or the Moose Jaw Police Service at (306) 694-7600.
For further information please contact:
Public Information and Strategic Communication Manager
Moose Jaw Police Service
21 Fairford St West