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Blood Tribe charges three in response to drug overdose deaths






Members of the Blood Tribe participated in anti-drug rally in January. Photo from Blood Tribe Chief & Council / Facebook

The Blood Tribe of Alberta announced charges against three people in connection with drug overdose deaths on the reserve.

Two people died after using an illicit version of fentanyl, known on the street as Oxy 80, at a birthday party on Friday, the The Blood Tribe Police Service said. A third person also overdosed and is recovering in a hospital.

"If you are selling drugs in this community we are going to come after you, if someone dies from drugs you have sold them we will do everything in our power to hold you legally responsible for your actions," the police service said in a press release. "There is zero tolerance for drug dealers."

A fourth person also overdosed last week but was apparently not connected to the party. He survived the incident.

Since the tribe began tracking the drug in late August, 16 people have died from overdoses.

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Fentanyl-related deaths on Blood reserve prompt charges (CBC 3/23)
Three charges on Blood Reserve after fentanyl deaths (News Talk 770 3/23)
Three suspects charged in fatal overdoses on Blood Tribe reserve (The Calgary Herald 3/24)
Three charged in overdose deaths (The Lethbridge Herald 3/24)

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