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North Battleford, Sask. death may be linked to fake oxycontin

A man was found dead on the weekend in North Battleford with what RCMP believe to be fake oxycontin nearby. children.
A man was found dead on the weekend in North Battleford with what RCMP believe to be fake oxycontin nearby. children. File / Global News

NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. – A man was found dead on June 7 in North Battleford, Sask. with what RCMP believe to be fake oxycontin pills nearby. At 5 p.m., officers were called to a sudden death complaint in a residence.

The victim’s body was found at the scene. His name and age have not been released.

RCMP say it is impossible to determine what caused the death at this point.

Also located at the scene is what investigators believe may be counterfeit oxycontin, which can contain a lethal dose of fentanyl.

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Oxycontin is no longer produced in Canada and any medication being sold under the name must be considered counterfeit, according to officials.

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Battlefords RCMP are advising the public that the drug could have made its way into the community. Additionally, people making the drug can quickly change the shape and colour of the pills.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP at 306-446-1720 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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