Seba Beach is­sues warn­ing after peace of­fi­cer hos­pi­tal­ized for ex­po­sure to fen­tanyl

Edmonton Journal - - CITY -

A peace of­fi­cer had to be hos­pi­tal­ized after be­ing ex­posed to fen­tanyl in a small com­mu­nity west of Ed­mon­ton.

The Alberta Peace Of­fi­cer Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion said a mem­ber of the Seba Beach Pa­trol Ser­vice found a vial on a road last Satur­day.

Wear­ing gloves, he re­port­edly picked up the vial.

After re­turn­ing to the of­fice he started hav­ing breath­ing prob­lems and an in­creased heart rate. He was taken to hos­pi­tal and given nalox­one and is now back at work.

RCMP were brought in to in­ves­ti­gate and of­fi­cers found traces of fen­tanyl on the dash­board of the peace of­fi­cer’s car and on his ticket books.

On Wed­nes­day, no­tices were posted around Seba Beach warn­ing res­i­dents and vis­i­tors about what hap­pened.

“Please if you find any­thing sus­pi­cious on the road, call 911 and do not touch the ob­ject even with gloves on,” reads the no­tice.

“Even a small amount of fen­tanyl (size of a grain of salt) can cause prob­lems with breath­ing, car­diac ar­rest and death if not treated right away.”

The note goes on to cau­tion peo­ple to have a talk with chil­dren about what they should do if they find any­thing sus­pi­cious.

Seba Beach is a sum­mer vil­lage about 80 km west of Ed­mon­ton.

The com­mu­nity ’s web­site said it em­ploys peace of­fi­cers who work closely with RCMP to keep the pub­lic safe.

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