I am happy to share that the Ottawa Police Services (OPS) in partnership with the National Capital Area Crime Stoppers has announced an increase in cash rewards for tips leading to the seizure of illegal fentanyl or its derivatives, or to the arrest of fentanyl traffickers. From now until May 31, qualified fentanyl tips will be eligible to receive $2,000 in cash.
I have spoken out previously regarding the dangers that illicit fentanyl poses to our communities. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more toxic than morphine. It is usually found in a powder form and mixed with cocaine, crack, or heroin or pressed into pills and sold as things like oxycontin, Percocet, speed, or ecstacy/MDMA.
The presence of fentanyl is a real concern for first responders and members of the public. Many people are not aware of the dangers fentanyl poses and the risk they are taking when they use non-prescription drugs. In some cases, it is lethal.
I, along with Ottawa Public Health and OPS, would like to remind residents to not take any pills that are not prescribed to them by a doctor or pharmacist.
Anyone with information regarding counterfeit pills, or any other criminal activity, is asked to submit an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), texting CRIMES (274637), keyword “tip252”. You can also download the Ottawa Police Service app for iOS or Android.