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A synthetic opioid stronger than fentanyl could show up in Nunavut and V Division RCMP want residents of the territory to be aware of the danger it poses.

Nunavut RCMP are warning of the dangers of this synthetic opioid that is circulating in some parts of Canada.
photo courtesy of the RCMP

The drug is known as isotonitazene. The pills are white, triangular shaped and could be marked with an M or a P on one side and an 8 on the other.

Anyone who consumes the potent drug may require several doses of naloxone, which blocks the effects of opioids. Medical attention is recommended.

“RCMP would like to advise residents to always exercise caution when ingesting unknown drugs and consuming alcohol. Please be mindful of the harmful and life-altering consequences they may cause through excessive use,” reads a news release from the police force on Tuesday.

Nunavut RCMP remind residents to contact Police through 867-979-1111 or Crime
Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 at any time when they see a crime happening or to provide
information on a crime. You can also text a tip to Crime Stoppers. The process is
completely secure and anonymous. Text NWTNUTIPS plus your message to 274637
(CRIMES).

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Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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