ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
TEMISKAMING SHORES - Members of the Temiskaming Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) respond to incidents involving stolen fentanyl patches and other prescription medication.
Prescription drug abuse has a serious impact on community safety involving an increase of violent acts and property crimes.
Prescription medications are legal and intended for use under a physician's supervision. They are to be taken as prescribed, however it is the misuse of the drug that is dangerous. Medication may be stolen from residences and businesses such as pharmacies. Police remind pharmacy operators to ensure their supplies are secure at all times and remind physicians to secure their prescription pads.
The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) prohibit anyone from possessing any prescribed medication without a prescription. It is illegal to offer or sell a prescribed medication to another person, and purchasing medication that is not prescribed to you.
In addition to this, communities across Ontario are reporting the presence of 'bootleg' fentanyl. Bootleg fentanyl is a high-dose; illicit opioid that is toxic and has caused an increase in overdose fatalities. Bootleg fentanyl may resemble powder or as counterfeit pills made to resemble prescription opioids. Bootleg fentanyl is a threat for fatal poisoning to people who consume substances illegally since they may not be aware of the presence of fentanyl.
"Contact your pharmacy and ensure that you safely dispose of all expired or unused medicines. We share the responsibility with community stakeholders to raise awareness and it is necessary for citizens to report suspicious behavior in order to prevent crime" says Inspector Brent Cecchini.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may report suspicious drug activity by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.