Regina, Saskatchewan – This warning comes as the result of ongoing investigation into two non-fatal overdoses last week that are believed to have been caused by the same unknown substance.
On Thursday, June 22, 2017, police were dispatched to a residence in the 1800 block Osler Street. Police learned that the residence had been the site of two, separate, non-fatal drug overdoses in the early-morning hours that same day. Both victims are male: ages 47 and 41. Each male was taken to hospital by EMS right after each event, but it is not yet known what caused their symptoms. Both have since been discharged from hospital. Investigation has linked both men to the use of the same unknown substance. It’s believed the men thought they were using heroin.
The investigator on this file has consulted with police drug experts and the substance will be submitted for analysis. However, until more is known about this substance and its origin, police are warning members of the public not to take chances with their health. Illegal drug use is a poor choice, certainly, but police recognize that drug-dependent individuals may not be thinking clearly and may take risks that have fatal consequences.
Police are also urging anyone who may have information about this drug/substance to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. In an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Regina Police Service