Fentanyl was seized recently during a routine search at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Halifax.
A package with unknown contents was found while conducting a search upon admission on Feb. 9. The package was turned over to Halifax Regional Police and sent to Health Canada for testing.
The results, received on May 4 confirmed the presence of fentanyl.
This is the first confirmed case of fentanyl at a provincial Correctional Facility in Nova Scotia.
The Halifax Regional Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
Nova Scotians are reminded that the illegal consumption of opioids, including fentanyl, can be lethal. If you are going to use street drugs of any kind, do not use alone, always carry naloxone and if someone is in distress, call 911.
Correctional Services recently purchased five body scanners to help protect inmates and staff from drugs, weapons and other contraband. The installation of the body scanners is being completed and will soon be operational. For more information go to, https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20180202003 .
For more information about the Nova Scotia Opioid Use and Overdose Framework, please visit: www.novascotia.ca/opioid .
Source: Media Release