The community of Drumheller is mourning the loss of three young people in what appears to be drug-related fatalities.
On Feb. 20, 2021, at 7:42 p.m, Drumheller RCMP received a 911 call of sudden deaths at a residence in Drumheller.
Drumheller RCMP attended the residence, along with emergency medical services. It is known at this time that three individuals are deceased as a result of what is believed to be suspected drug overdoses.
The Drumheller RCMP are issuing a warning to the public as it is suspected that these deaths may be associated to drugs that may be laced with lethal quantities of opioid-related substances such as fentanyl, carfentanil or methamphetamines.
The autopsies for the 21-year-old female, 27-year-old female, both from Drumheller, and the 31-year-old male from Rosedale, Alta., are scheduled for later this week at the Calgary Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Drumheller RCMP’s investigation continues and will include laboratory analysis of the substances suspected of being contaminated with lethal quantities of opioid-related substances such as fentanyl, carfentanil or methamphetamines.
Mayor Heather Colberg released a statement.
"This tragic news is difficult to hear. Our prayers and condolences go to those who are mourning the loss loved ones. I would like to remind everyone to respect people's privacy and to be kind to others during this difficult time. Our local RCMP detachment is investigating the incident. They have asked us to remind everyone that there are risks of opioid-related substances laced into drugs. Alberta Health Services 24-7 Addiction and Mental Health helpline provide support to Albertans experiencing addiction and mental health concerns. That number is 1-866-332-2322," said Colberg.
If anyone has information about this incident, please contact the Drumheller RCMP at 403-823-2630 or your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.