An analysis conducted by Health Canada has confirmed pills seized by the RCMP on the Esgenoôpetitj First Nation contained fentanyl.

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Since April 10, 2017, five people from the community have been hospitalized from suspected overdoses on this drug. There was one other case of a suspected overdose but that person did not go to hospital. In one of the cases, RCMP members administered naloxone spray to a man suspected of an overdose, which appeared to reverse the effects of the drug.

Police are continuing to investigate the death of a 35-year-old woman on April 11 on Esgenoôpetitj First Nation. Police are awaiting toxicology results in that case to determine the exact cause of death.

One of the pills seized is described as blue with "Percocet 5" written on them and are approximately 1 cm in diameter.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information on the sale of these pills, or knows anything about these pills is asked to contact the Neguac RCMP at 506-776-3000 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by texting TIP212 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637), or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca