The health service of the Innu community of Pakua Shipu, on the North Shore, has called for vigilance in the face of the circulation of “speed” possibly contaminated with fentanyl.
Despite the fact that no case of poisoning has been recorded so far in Pakua Shipu, social workers and the police force of this Innu community on the Lower North Shore have been put on alert following a rumour.
In a press release published at the end of last week, they indicate that three people from another community in the North Shore suffered an overdose and that the analysis of a sample of “speed” confirmed the presence of fentanyl.
Knowing that the drug circulates between the communities, the health and first-line child-family service of the Innu Council of Pakua Shipu wanted to take the lead by calling for caution.< /p>
TVA Nouvelles was unable to speak to an official of this organization. The Côte-Nord public health department was not notified of the three overdose cases mentioned by the community of Pakua Shipu.
“Indeed, the information circulated and with my team, we did the investigation. We are still at the suspicion stage because we could not analyze a sample of the tablet in question. We have had no users with a confirmed diagnosis of fentanyl poisoning, but we remain vigilant,” said the Director of Public Health for the Côte-Nord, Richard Fachehoun.
He specified that since the beginning of the year, 14 situations of suspected opioid overdose have been reported on the North Shore. All things considered, this type of event occurs more frequently on the North Shore. The region has an incidence rate of 16 per 100,000 people compared to nearly nine in the province as a whole.
“Yes, we have a higher incidence, but let's not forget that we are talking about small numbers. We are making the effort to work with our partners to reduce this risk in the population,” said Dr. Richard Fachehoun.
The Director of Public Health recalled that his teams are mobilized to deal with this growing scourge and that naloxone kits, this antidote to opioids, are available throughout the territory, in health centres, organizations and community pharmacies. Users should test their drugs for the presence of fentanyl and avoid using them alone, Fachehoun also advised.
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