Police in Harbour Grace are warning the public of a dangerous supply of narcotics currently circulating in the area after three reports of drug overdoses in the last week.
In a media release on Monday the RCMP said one person has died of suspected drug overdose, and in two incidents officers administered naloxone — a medication used to block the effects of opioids. The individuals in those two cases were transported to Carbonear General Hospital for further medical treatment, the RCMP said.
"A reddish brown coloured powdered substance, being sold as morphine or heroin, was present during two of these overdose incidents," said the RCMP.
"Many illegal drugs get cut with different substances by drug traffickers, including fentanyl."
The RCMP said the public can plan and prepare for opioid overdose by carrying a naloxone kit.
The kits are free and can be obtained by calling 811 or by visiting the provincial government's website to see a list of naloxone kit distribution sites.