Fen­tanyl in pill seized on N.B. First Na­tion

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

FREDERICTON – Health Canada has con­firmed a pill seized on the Esgenoopetitj First Na­tion in New Brunswick con­tained fen­tanyl.

RCMP say five Esgenoopetitj res­i­dents have been hos­pi­tal­ized since April 10 from sus­pected over­doses of the drug, a pow­er­ful syn­thetic opi­oid that has killed hun­dreds in western Canada but is rel­a­tively new to the East Coast.

Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the April 11 death of a 35-year-old woman on the First Na­tion, say­ing an au­topsy de­ter­mined she died of an over­dose, although they are still await­ing tox­i­col­ogy re­sults. Her death has fu­elled a grow­ing move­ment on New Brunswick’s First Na­tions to ban­ish drug deal­ers. home which was searched the fol­low­ing day. Michelle Omoruyi is charged with hu­man smug­gling and con­spir­acy to com­mit hu­man smug­gling. She is to ap­pear in court in Este­van on May 15.

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