COMMUNITY SAFETY ALERT: Police warn of Fentanyl laced Xanax tablets

The Orangeville Police Service has issued a Community Safety Alert after becoming aware of a possible public safety concern regarding the ill-advised use of non-prescribed medication.

Information has come to light that unknown individuals are repurposing the prescription drug “Xanax” by crushing it and adding an unknown quantity of another drug, thought to be Fentanyl.

On Thursday, March 7th a 19-year-old Orangeville male died as a result of a suspected drug overdose and on Monday, March 11 a 20-year-old male also died as a result of a suspected drug overdose. In both cases police recovered evidence to suggest that Fentanyl laced Xanax tablets contributed to the deaths.

Please continue to educate family members as to the dangers of prescription and non-prescription drug use and abuse.

“These deaths should serve as a warning to anyone who is tempted to buy prescription medication from street dealers” said Orangeville Police Chief Wayne Kalinski. “The only way to protect yourself and your loved ones, against unknowingly consuming these deadly products, is to steer clear of street drugs altogether”.

Posted on March 11, 2019