A Detective Constable with the North Bay Police says the community has been spared somewhat with the fentanyl crisis that began in Western Canada.
However Brad Reaume says that’s not to say the deadly drug can’t be found in the city and general area, because it is present.
Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine and is considered one the strongest opioids in the world.
“A lethal dose of fentanyl is two milligrams worth or like two grains of salt, Reaume says.
It’s deadly enough that even the drug community keeps its distant.
“Even hard core drug users sort of stay away from fentanyl,” he said.
“They’ve drawn a line in the sand they won’t cross.”
Reaume says the North Bay Police have formed partnerships with several groups like public health to fight the drug.
However he adds the community also has to come together to help eliminate the drug in the region.
“The general community doesn’t need to tolerate this stuff,” Reaume said.
“I strongly suggest that students who have friends that are experimenting with this to tell someone, whether it’s family members or a teacher, it doesn’t have to be the police.”
Reaume says the goal is to gain the upper hand on fentanyl so that residents remain safe.
Recently in Sudbury, police seized a quantity of purple heroin and when the agency had Health Canada test it, it came back positive for carfentanil.
Compared to fentanyl’s potency against morphine, carfentanil is 10,000 times stronger than morphine.
Reaume says fortunately the heroin that was seized in Sudbury didn’t find its way to the North Bay region.