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Saskatchewan police warn about dangerous fentanyl sold as Oxycontin pills

04/14/2015 04:09 EDT | Updated 06/22/2015 12:59 EDT
SASKATOON - Police in Saskatchewan are warning people about potentially deadly painkilling pills being sold on the streets that have been made to look like Oxycontin.

The drug is actually called fentanyl, and has been linked to more than 100 deaths in Alberta and B.C.

Const. Sean Nave with the RCMP Integrated Crime Unit says the blue-green pills stamped with the number 80 have been linked to overdose deaths in Saskatoon and suspected in the death of a Moose Jaw man.

He says the fake Oxycontin pills are coming into Saskatchewan from out of province.

Police have seized quantities of the drugs in Saskatoon and Regina.

Experts say when it comes to street drugs, users have no idea of what they are buying and there is a good chance that a substance could be much more toxic, with a greater chance of overdose. (CKOM, The Canadian Press)

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