UPDATED NOTE FROM BAY ROBERTS RCMP:
Please note the RCMP has no reason to believe narcotic laced gum is being sold in the community or in stores. It is believed that the gum was laced with narcotics following purchase outside the province and sent to NL through the mail.
There was a close call in Bay Roberts recently as RCMP in the community responded to a report of a drug overdose.
The officer who responded administered Naloxone (Narcan) nasal spray on the victim which was instrumental in reversing the effects of the overdose. The victim was transported to hospital and survived.
The RCMP seized numerous items found near the victim, including what appeared to be bubble gum. Preliminary tests of the bubble gum resulted in positive indicators for narcotics including Fentanyl. Fentanyl is an extremely potent narcotic which can result in death even in minute amounts.
The source of the bubble gum remains under investigation. At this point it is believed it was brought in from out of province. Police went on to note they have no reason to believe narcotic laced gum is being sold in the community or in stores.
The RCMP asks people be vigilant and mindful in the event other such substances are in the community.