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Deaths at Edmonton Remand Centre raise fears of fentanyl overdoses among inmates

Three deaths at Edmonton’s Remand Centre have raised fears of widespread fentanyl abuse.

Alberta Justice officials say there have been three deaths this year at the lockup, but wouldn’t confirm they were caused by fentanyl, citing privacy concerns.   The deaths were on May 14, Sept. 1 and Sept. 9.

CBC is reporting that the centre is rife with fentanyl abuse and that the three deaths were fentanyl overdoses.

Alberta Health Services says that from the end of February to the end September, there were 23 suspected opioid overdoses at the centre. It says 23 doses of naloxone were administered by medical staff during that time.