Saskatchewan's chief coroner warns public after fatal drug overdoses in Regina

REGINA — Two deaths and dozens of drug overdoses in Regina have prompted Saskatchewan's chief coroner to issue a public safety warning.

Police say there have been 69 overdoses, including the two fatalities, since the beginning of the year. Last week, a 28-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman died.

The Saskatchewan Coroners Service says their deaths are under investigation, but preliminary toxicology results show lethal levels of fentanyl and methamphetamine.  

"We are concerned that it's a bad bunch of drugs ... right now and we want to warn the people of Regina and probably the surrounding area that be careful of what you're buying," chief coroner Clive Weighill said Friday in Saskatoon.

"We know people are going to buy illicit drugs, so there's no use hiding our head in the sand about that, but I think it's fair that people should be warned that we know that this is in the community right now."

Police also are reminding people about the dangers of fentanyl and say free take-home naloxone kits are available to those who feel they may witness or be at risk of overdosing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 21, 2020

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