Yukon, Canada – The RCMP is warning the public that narcotics could be circulating in Yukon communities in the form of white pills that resemble well-known medications.
On Thursday, April 6th, investigators at community detachment seized a bottle of medication that included a number of unidentified white pills.
Based on their size, shape and colour, investigators determined that the pills resembled a variety of prescribed and over-the-counter products, including generic acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen.
These types of medications normally have a product, manufacturer and/or dosage impression on them, however these pills were not marked in any way. One pill even appeared to be disintegrating or not fully formed, which is often an indicator of counterfeit or unlicensed pharmaceutical products.
RCMP investigators conducted a preliminary on-site narcotic identifier test on the pills. The results were positive for traces of cocaine. The pills are being sent for lab-based toxicology analysis.
The RCMP is urging Yukoners to be vigilant and to:
Only take medication that has been prescribed specifically for you;
Choose legitimate pharmacies when purchasing medication;
Remember that products purchased from non-credible sources are not guaranteed to be safe or legit.
If you have any information on suspected illicit activity, please contact your local RCMP detachment or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or online at crimestoppersyukon.ca.