Public advisory on opioid use in Fredericton

The Fredericton Police Force would like to remind the public that illicit opioid use is a concern for communities across Canada, including Fredericton.

“We have responded to two non-fatal opioid-related overdoses within the past 48 hours,” said Fredericton Police Force Chief Leanne Fitch.

According to the New Brunswick Department of Health, there were 3,998 apparent opioid related deaths in 2017 in Canada. This is a 33% increase compared to deaths reported for 2016. British Columbia declared a state of emergency because of the issue.

New Brunswick is not experiencing the same impact of the crisis as other parts of the country but there were still 36 apparent opioid related deaths reported in 2017, 81% were accidental. In 2016, 53.2% of total deaths due to any drugs were related to opioids.

“I don’t wish to raise alarm,” said Fitch. “However, opioids are a concern across Canada and we work together with community partners to protect our community from those drugs. We encourage the public to report information about drugs in our community and contact 9-1-1 if you witness someone in medical distress.”

More information about opioid drug use and its hazards can be found at the Canadian Chief of Police website at www.cacp.ca or the Health Canada website at www.canada.ca.

Anyone with information about drugs is asked to contact the Fredericton Police Force at 506-460-2300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Media Contact: Mark Taylor, Fredericton Police Force Communications, 506-460-2777 or mark.taylor@fredericton.ca