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Two More Dead in Suspected Fentanyl Overdoses

November 21, 2016 11:30 AM | News


WINNIPEG — Two more people have died in suspected fentanyl overdoses in Winnipeg. The deaths come less than a week after three people were found in a home November 16 after another case of suspected overdoses of the fatal drug.

Winnipeg police on Sunday responded to a hotel in the 200 block of McDermot Avenue at around 12:30 p.m. where they located a deceased 30-year-old man.

Drugs and drug paraphernalia were located by officers.

At 9:30 p.m., police were called to a home in the 100 block of Kinlock Lane in Richmond West for two men in medical distress.

A 22-year-old man died in hospital, while a 21-year-old man is in critical condition.

Police say illicit drugs were found inside the home.

“It’s quite clear what we’re dealing with, the epidemic that we’re seeing in our community,” said Const. Jason Michalyshen. “We’re not going to shy away from it.”

“Each and every one of these instances should raise the eyebrows of every single Winnipegger and every single Manitoban,” Michalyshen said. “This is a problem that we need to deal with.”

Fentanyl is suspected in both deaths, but the official causes of death are unconfirmed until lab testing can verify the exact drug.

UPDATE: Wednesday, November 23 — The 21-year-old has since been upgraded to stable condition.

— Staff