Wood Buffalo, Alberta – During February 2021, Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to three 911 calls for emergency assistance regarding a suspected drug overdose. Police would like to bring awareness to local residents of the possibility that suspected GHB street level drugs are in our region.
Preliminary investigation reveals the suspected street level drug is believed to be GHB, also known as Liquid G, which is resulting in calls for emergency assistance for suspected overdoses.
GHB is a central nervous system depressant that is often placed in alcoholic beverages. The person taking the drug may become incapacitated due to the sedative effects which may lead other individuals to believe the person is overdosing.
Negative effects may include sweating, loss of consciousness, hallucinations, nausea, amnesia, vomiting, exhaustion, confusion, clumsiness, sluggishness and coma/death.
GHB bought on the street or over the internet in a liquid form or as white powder. It is taken orally and frequently combined with alcohol. It is available as odorless and colorless. It may be soapy or salty. Much of the GHB found on the streets or over the internet is produced in illegal labs. It may be altered with unknown contaminants that may worsen the toxicity. The production of GHB usually involves the use of cleaners mixed with GBL a chemical cousin to the GHB and industrial solvents.
Wood Buffalo RCMP continue to investigate.
Police are requesting residents to contact Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040 if they find any suspicious substances, and avoid contact with street level drugs believed to be Liquid G or GHB. If you have any information regarding any suspicious incidents, or have knowledge of any drug activity in our region, please contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP, or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-545-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 TIPS” available through the APPLE APP of Google Play Store.
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