The RCMP have confirmed that a pill, seized following a woman's death last week on the Esgenoôpetitj First Nation contained fentanyl.
An analysis conducted by Health Canada.
Since April 10, five people from the community have been hospitalized from suspected overdoses on this drug. There was one other case of a suspected overdose but that person did not go to hospital. In one of the cases, RCMP members administered naloxone spray to a man suspected of an overdose, which appeared to reverse the effects of the drug.
Police are continuing to investigate the death of 35-year-old Anne Marie Lambert on April 11 on Esgenoôpetitj First Nation. Police are awaiting toxicology results in that case to determine the exact cause of death.
The pill seized is described as blue with "Percocet 5" written on them and are approximately 1 cm in diameter.
The investigation is ongoing.
Fentanyl is a highly addictive opioid that is considered 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Although the drug has been around since the 1960s, recreational use is on the rise and thousands of deaths have been attributed to fentanyl overdose.
Anyone with any information on the sale of these pills, or knows anything about these pills is asked to contact the Neguac RCMP at 506-776-3000 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by texting TIP212 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637), or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca