Wood Buffalo Mountie, Janvier resident hospitalized after suspected laced drug exposure overdoses

RCMP in northeastern Alberta are issuing a warning about contaminated drugs possibly in the area after three people, including a Mountie, were taken to hospital Friday night for suspected overdoses.

On May 15 at around 6 p.m., Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a 911 call about a suspected drug overdose in the community of Janvier, which is about 120 kilometres south of Fort McMurray.

An RCMP officer who responded to a home in Janvier administered Narcan — a nasal spray medication used to block the effects of opioids — to revive an unconscious man. The officer took the then-conscious man to the Janvier airstrip to await further medical assistance, police said.

A second RCMP officer showed up at the airstrip and found the first RCMP officer in medical distress, who then went unconscious in the police vehicle.

Narcan was administered to the unconscious officer, who was taken to hospital by ground ambulance, police said. As of Monday, RCMP said the officer had been released from hospital and was recovering at home.

Meanwhile, the original man police had taken to the airstrip was cleared by EMS on scene and was not taken to hospital, officers said.

Wood Buffalo RCMP continue to investigate the suspected overdoses. RCMP asked residents to avoid touching suspicious substances and to contact them at 780-788-4040 if they find any.

Anyone with information regarding any suspicious incidents or who has knowledge of drug activity in northeastern Alberta is also asked to call Wood Buffalo RCMP or local police. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-545-8477 (TIPS) or filling out a form online.

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