“Man Is Suspected To Have Died As A Result”

February 8, 2022

The police confirmed that a “number of persons attended KEMH having overdosed” on “heroin that was laced with fentanyl” and “one man is suspected to have died as a result.”

The police noted that they executed several drug warrants, and “acting on information received that controlled drugs were being stored at specific locations, warrants were executed at four properties. Six suspects were arrested after a quantity of cash, controlled drugs, believed to be heroin and fentanyl, along with drug paraphernalia were seized.”

The first time the Bermuda Police Service officially confirmed the presence of fentanyl in Bermuda was back in 2016, when they called it a “dangerous, powerful Schedule II narcotic responsible for an epidemic of overdose deaths within the United States.”

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration noted that “because of its potency and low cost, drug dealers have been mixing fentanyl with other drugs including heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, increasing the likelihood of a fatal interaction.

“Drug trafficking organizations typically distribute fentanyl by the kilogram. One kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people,” the DEA website said. “According to the CDC, synthetic opioids [like fentanyl] are the primary driver of overdose deaths in the United States.”

Bermuda offers a number of drug prevention and treatment programmes and services, for more information please see here on the Government website.

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