(One of the pills confiscated in Esgenoopetitj. The pill says Percocet but according to officials, it is fentanyl)
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A warning from the RCMP about the deadly opioid fentanyl has pushed two First Nation communities to threaten drug dealers with expulsion if caught selling.
The warning comes after there was a death in Esgenoopetitj, from fentanyl.
“Today the Chief and Council unanimously passed a resolution on Drug trafficking banishment, if you are trafficking drugs in Tobique,” said a message posted on Facebook Thursday by the Neqotkuk chief and council. “This is your warning. The risk is too high and we felt it was only a matter of time before some takes a fatal dose.”
In Elsipogtog a similar warning was released early Thursday evening.
“The Chief and council are fully prepared to invoke extreme measures by expelling and banning those from our community who engage in trafficking in Fentanyl or other deadly opioids,” said the release.
In Esgenoopetitj, Chief Alvery Paul posted a picture of a blue pill on his Facebook page.
“Here is a picture of the BLUE PILL FENTENAL that is been sold here in Esgenoopetitj,” said Paul. “Looking carefully at the pic it’s labeled PERCOET 5.”
He said the community is putting together a crisis team at the wellness centre.
“We as parents, family and community must work together to stop the selling of drugs entering our community,” said Esgenoopetitj Chief Alvery Paul. “I undertstand this is a battle that we can’t win overnite
but we have to educate our young children, we are in the process of planning an information session at the school with the RCMP, Alcohol & Drug Program to discuss the dangers of drug abuse.”
Communities across the country have been bracing for the arrival of the drug that has killed hundreds of Canadians.
The rate of overdose deaths in British Columbia forced officials to declare a public health emergency.
APTN has learned that community members in Elsipogtog are policing the community. Warrior Chief John Levi is asking people to report drug dealers to help keep the community safe.