An update on drug toxicity deaths by the Office of the Chief Coroner of Saskatchewan confirms fentanyl has contributed to the deaths of five people in the area since 2013.
The office updated its drug toxicity deaths statistics on July 10. The data tables provided by the coroner’s office show the results from all death investigations that concluded between Jan. 1, 2010, and June 30, 2017.
An explanation provided with the report states that the data includes the results of investigations from 2015, 2016 and 2017, but the data does not include the deaths from those years that are still under investigation. The data tables include information for all drug-related deaths in Saskatchewan, but data is broken down even further to highlight deaths involving opioid drugs and, more specifically, fentanyl.
The tables show information for drug toxicity deaths involving, in the case of fentanyl, type of drug, manner of death, place of death, gender and age group. The four manners of death include accident, suicide, homicide and undetermined, but none of the deaths were classified as a homicide.
A table of the confirmed deaths involving fentanyl by place of death from 2013 to 2017 shows four people died in Kindersley from 2013 to 2016, one confirmed case in each year. In 2015, there was also one fentanyl-related death in the Kindersley community.For more on this story, please see the July 26 print edition of The Clarion.
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