It goes by numerous names: green jellies, green monsters, green beans or street oxy and it has the Lloydminster RCMP concerned for the public’s wellbeing.
A new synthetic drug has hit the Border City and the Lloydminster RCMP is asking for public caution in using the new drug. Const. Grant Kirzinger said that fentanyl has been popping up in recent investigations.
“Over the past couple of months, the Lloydminster RCMP have been coming into contact with individuals who believe that they have OxyContin on them,” he said.
Kirzinger said that fentanyl tablets are green in colour and have the number 80 stamped on them.
“A lot of people believe that they are buying OxyContin from drug dealers, but through the course of our investigation and through information other police enforcement agency is that this drug is in fact fentanyl,” he said.
Fentanyl is a powerful, synthetic type of drug, according to Kirzinger.
“It is used to treat pain or long-term chronic pain. Fentanyl is a drug that is used for suppressing the pain receptors,” he said.
Kirzinger said that for those who haven’t used the drug before and are exposed to it, symptoms can be damaging.
“When fentanyl is administrated in hospitals, officials give short, small doses of the drug so your body can get used to it,” he said.
“People on the street don’t know how to measure out doses properly and the problem then is that when someone takes too much, people can encounter strong respiratory stress.”
Kirzinger said that it can also lead to overdosing.
He added that at this time, the Lloydminster RCMP have not had anyone die because of the drug.
“While we haven’t seen anyone die from Fentanyl, we have seen serious cases of serious and bad reactions to (it),” he said.
“People need to be careful on how they use this drug, because of the serious consequences that come with the drug.”
Fentanyl can have a slower onset of the drug’s effects, according to Kirzinger.
“People can receive the high, but it may take longer than expected.” He added that people may take one, not acquire the effect they are looking for and then take another.
“The problem is that this might compound the effect and potentially lead to a possible overdose.”
Street value of fentanyl, for a single pill, can range between $60 to $80.
Lloydminster GIS RCMP sources say that within the last 12 months, fentanyl has been popping up more often.
Lloydminster residents in their early 20s to mid 30s is the range of people the Lloydminster RCMP have noticed the drug has been used by.
“We haven’t arrested anyone in high school using this drug, but we have arrested people just out of high school,” one RCMP source confirmed.