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Police find dangerous new drug on island

The Bermuda Police Service has said officers have discovered the controlled drug Fentanyl on the island.

The drug — a synthetic opioid — is associated with the misuse of heroin and has been linked to multiple fatal overdoses. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Fentanyl is a dangerous, powerful Schedule II narcotic responsible for an epidemic of overdose deaths within the United States. Detective Superintendent Sean Field-Lament said: “The BPS Drug Unit is conducting an investigation and we have informed our public safety and healthcare partners of the associated risks. We will work with our partners to formulate a more detailed response in the coming days, but in the meantime we would like to draw the DEA's safety precautions regarding Fentanyl to the public's attention: exercise extreme caution, be aware of any signs of exposure and seek immediate medical attention.”

The synthetic opioid Fentanyl - responsible for “an epidemic of overdose deaths” (File photograph)

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Published December 29, 2016 at 8:00 am (Updated December 28, 2016 at 7:24 am)

Police find dangerous new drug on island

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