Fake oxycontin warning sounded in Kindersley, Sask. after 2 deaths

Photo of pills believed to be fake oxycontin found at a residence in Prince Albert, Sask. on Feb. 23, 2015. Two recent overdose deaths in the Kindersley, Sask. area have Mounties sounding the alarm over fake OxyContin. Prince Albert Police Service / Supplied

KINDERSLEY, Sask. – Recent drug overdoses in western Saskatchewan have police sounding an alarm over fake OxyContin. Kindersley RCMP say officers have dealt with three overdoses of young adults in the past month resulting in two deaths.

Fentanyl pills – counterfeit OxyContin – have recently been linked to several deaths in Western Canada including one last month in the Pleasantdale district of Saskatchewan.

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In the past, the pills were green in colour with specific markings on them; however police say they may now be available in any colour. In June, Saskatoon police seized over 150 fake OxyContin pills.

Investigators say the only safe medication to take is one prescribed by a doctor and bought at a pharmacy.

There is no way to guarantee the safety of any drug that are purchased illegally.

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Anyone with information on the sale of the fake OxyContin is asked to contact Kindersley RCMP at 306-462-4642 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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