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NEWS: Iqaluit February 17, 2017 - 8:30 am

RCMP in Nunavut’s capital sound “bad drug” alarm

"Consuming even small amounts of an unknown street drug could be sufficient to cause death"

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Among the synthetic drugs are
Among the synthetic drugs are "bath salts," which look tame, but can produce many deadly side-effects. (PHOTO FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE)

Iqaluit police say they’re concerned about “bad drugs” on the streets of Nunavut’s capital city, substances that could endanger the lives of users—and lead to more conflict with police.

“We believe at this time that there are possibly ‘bad drugs’; or illegal controlled substances being distributed and consumed by people in Iqaluit and that these incidents may be the result of use of these drugs,” the RCMP said in a Feb. 15 release.

Some of those “bad drugs,” not listed by in the RCMP release, would likely include drugs such as cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamine—which have all been in Iqaluit for years.

And, over the last week, the Iqaluit RCMP apparently responded to several complaints where those involved have appeared to be under the influence of hard synthetic drugs.

These synthetic drugs, such as ecstasy and methamphetamine, are created using man-made chemicals rather than natural ingredients.

Crystal methamphetamine, for example, is made from the pseudoephedrine found in over-the-counter cold medicines, combined with a nasty brew of household chemicals found in everyday items such as solvents, matches, drain cleaner and brake fluid. The drug can come as a white powder or white or brown crystals and can be snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed.

Meth users experience feelings of confidence and joy while on the drug, as well as irritability and aggression, especially when coming down. The high lasts up to 16 hours, and feeds a cycle of binging during which time addicts are interested in only one thing: doing more meth.

And there’s also a kind of synthetic marijuana (Spice or K2) and synthetic stimulants such as bath salts, which produce highs similar to those under cocaine or meth.

Bath salts are sold as crystalline powder in a small bag with nice names like Ivory Wave, Blow, Red Dove or Vanilla Sky. But their users can suffer severe paranoia, violent behaviour, hallucinations, chest pain, seizures, decreased need for sleep and a lack of appetite. And bath-salt users have also reported seeing demons, monsters, foreign soldiers or aliens, according to various websites.

In Iqaluit, the RCMP has noted more physical violence when its officers are dealing with people under the influence of drugs.

“This has led to charges for assaulting a police officer,” the RCMP said.

“While these complaints are being investigated, the RCMP wants to warn the public of the dangers of illegal drug use and to warn that when taking non-prescription drugs, there is a significant risk to your health. In some cases, consuming even small amounts of an unknown street drug could be sufficient to cause death.”

If you have any information about drugs or any other information that may help the police, the Iqaluit RCMP is urging you to call 867-979-0123 or Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477) (TIPS).

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(15) Comments:

#1. Posted by Ronald McChronald on February 17, 2017

Stick with good old fashioned, and all natural marijuana folks.

#2. Posted by Ronnie on February 17, 2017

Just don’t put any smoke in your lungs period! Fresh air in your lungs is the best! Don’t need any stimulus, just all natural fresh air.

#3. Posted by Ronald McChronald on February 17, 2017

#2 I’m with you. That’s why I’d say use a vaporizer or cook your cannabis into butter or coconut oil. Much healthier and much more efficient for that matter.

Good call!

#4. Posted by Bystander on February 17, 2017

Someone asked my to buy a pill at the storehouse this week. Not my scene. Watched someone get punched out who looked like he was on one of those pills maybe. Good times.

#5. Posted by Ronnie on February 17, 2017

No #3 we don’t need any stimulus just fresh air, no smoke, butter or oil thank you.
Keep your mind fresh and clean, your lungs too.

#6. Posted by Ronald McChronald on February 17, 2017

#5 It’s okay if you want don’t to have any, but we really like it and we want to keep enjoying it, k.

#7. Posted by Ronnie on February 17, 2017

#6 not for me, I don’t need to get high to feel good, if that turns your crank no problem for me. I just don’t care to put that crap in my body and mind.

#8. Posted by Paul Murphy on February 18, 2017

Good Luck with that Ronald.  That funny tobaccy you are smoking can arrive spiked with fentanyl and it sister drugs.

#9. Posted by Yuk on February 19, 2017

Yuk Yuk Yuk Ewwww!

You wouldn’t eat food if you didn’t know what was in it and where it came from, would you? 

So why would you be dumb enough to put drugs in you, that you know nothing about? 

Duh!

There is no “quality control” and drug cartels can mix in anything they want to keep you hooked. They even found elephant anesetic in one supply.  They just don’t care!

Yuk again.

No one these days has a f****** clue what they are being given, so use your brain and stay away from it.

#10. Posted by Ty2si on February 20, 2017

Thanks for the information!
“Crystal methamphetamine, for example, is made from the psuedoephedrine found in over-the-counter cold medicines, combined with a nasty brew of household chemicals found in everyday items like solvents, matches, drain cleaner and brake fluid. The drug can come as a white powder or white or brown crystals and can be snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed”.

#11. Posted by Cannabis Inc. on February 20, 2017

#9 Are you an alarmist?

I think so.

ps, your argument is the best case for legalization there is. Let’s make sure this government doesn’t back out of its promise to legalize.

#12. Posted by Free of smoke on February 20, 2017

Just say no to Drugs! Kids protect your brain, stay away from drugs.

#13. Posted by Paul Murphy on February 20, 2017

# 9 Coming from one who expects to gain financially I take it?

Easy to do when you post anonymously.  You don’t really expect it to be legalized do you?

#14. Posted by Mariner on February 21, 2017

Legalize and regulate.

#15. Posted by Why so hard to get? on February 21, 2017

#13 Financial gain? Yes, I expect to do well in the stock market of course.

What does being anonymous have to do with anything?

Yes, I expect it will be legalized soon. Hopefully within the next 2 years.

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