Merritt RCMP are warning the public that potentially dangerous drugs have entered the local drug supply chain following a cluster of overdoses that have occurred in the past 24 hours.

“The RCMP are looking into the source of the drugs,” said Cpl. Derrick Francis of the Merritt detachment.

“The circumstances of the overdoses are leading the RCMP to believe that the opioid presently in the Merritt supply chain is substantially more potent and/or a different composition than previously available. Merritt RCMP will be out advising the drug users of the immediate threat. Police are also advising he public that should they find drugs or drug paraphernalia on the ground please call the police and do not handle it.”