‘Extremely dangerous’ fentanyl-like drug on SD&G streets: officials

SD&G – Local police and health unit officials are warning of a potentially deadly fentanyl-like drug that is being sold on the streets of SD&G and Prescott-Russell.

Tests on a white powder, seized by Cornwall police in late 2017, came back today (June 29), positive for cocaine and a “fentanyl analogue.”

That’s a drug that is like fentanyl and “is considered to be extremely dangerous to consume.” It was intended for research and forensic use, but not for people to be taking it, officials said.

Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, is recommending people avoid consuming any street drugs because of this “heightened danger” – a drug that can be deadly in tiny doses.

Both police and the health unit are telling residents to avoid street drugs entirely.

More information is on the Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s fentanyl page.