Cpl Brad McIntosh of RCMP Warns Students About the Dangers of Fentanyl

  Posted: June 9, 2016

On Tuesday May 31, Glenmary School hosted Cpl Brad McIntosh of the ‘K’ Division Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) Team, a division of the RCMP, who presented to students about the dangers of fentanyl.  All junior and senior high students from Peace River and Grimshaw were invited to hear Cpl McIntosh’s important message that could potentially save lives.  Fentanyl is a drug similar to heroin that is currently experiencing an increase in popularity.  Fentanyl is 80-100 times more powerful than morphine and is often used as an inexpensive substitute for heroin.

“If you ingest fentanyl the size of one grain of salt, you will get a high, but if you ingest fentanyl the size of two grains of salt, you will likely be put in an overdose state,” said Cpl McIntosh.  “One pound of fentanyl could kill 250,000 people.”

Fentanyl is most commonly used as an anesthetic in hospitals, but Cpl McIntosh explained how easily an inexperienced drug producer could unintentionally produce pills containing deadly amounts of fentanyl.  He recommended to all students that they avoid fentanyl, unless administered to them by a medical professional.

“Thank you to Cpl McIntosh for bringing this important message to students in the Peace Country,” said Glenmary School Principal John Wiedrick.  “Drugs are not welcome in our school and we hope today’s presentation reinforced our continued message to students: say no to drugs.”

Cpl McIntosh also showed a powerful video of a drug user experiencing an overdose and how quickly an overdose can occur.  The man lost consciousness, stopped breathing and fell to the ground.  Luckily, the man in the video was in a public place so 911 was called and the man was treated by paramedics.

Glenmary School thanks Cpl McIntosh for educating students about fentanyl.