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THC-laced gummy bears seized in Eeyou Istchee region

October 26, 2017
yaakuamik - be careful

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This a joint statement by the Eeyou Eenou Police Force and the Regional Department of Public Health of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay (CBHSSJB). 

Recently the Sureté du Québec intercepted a vehicle heading to one of the Eeyou Istchee communities and drugs were seized. 

gummy bears

The seized drugs are gummy bear candies laced with THC, the ingredient found in cannabis. The gummy bears look the same as regular candy (same shape and colours), some are even sealed in a plastic wrapper as a regular candy would be. 

At the moment we do not know how much drug is in in each candy. We are treating this as a serious risk for potential poisoning.

We are asking the population to be extremely vigilant, especially during the Halloween period.

We do not know if this type of substance can be found in other Cree communities, so we want to alert all of the communities of the possible risk. We are paying a special attention to Halloween, but this alert applies at all times. 

Drug users: there is no way for you to know what, or how much, other substances are added to the drug. You are therefore at risk of drug overdose. 

Parents and family members: with Halloween coming up, we encourage you to accompany young children and make sure children do not eat any of their treats until you are able to carefully inspect all the candy and other treats. 

People giving Halloween treats to children: make sure you keep the products in their original sealed wrappers so that they can be easily identified and kept safe for children. 

Warning signs in children

  • Child is acting strangely, has unusual behaviour that you have never seen before
  • Difficulty walking
  • Slurred speech
  • Hyperactive, muscle movements 
  • Nausea / vomiting 
  • Extreme fatigue 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coma

What to do

  • If you have any concerns, immediately contact First Responders and go to your Community Miyupimaatisiiuun Centre (clinic) immediately. 
  • Mention that your child may have eaten something that could have been contaminated with cannabis or other drugs and if you can, bring the suspicious candies with you to the clinic.
  • Mention that your child may have eaten something that could have been contaminated with cannabis or other drugs and if you can, bring the suspicious candies with you to the clinic. 

Drug traffickers: you are putting your community members in danger, and now, you are putting children at risk of accidental overdose. Take this moment to think about your actions. Maybe the time has come for you to stop trafficking drugs. 

Any harmful products in the home should be kept in a locked cabinet out of reach of children.

The EEPF and the Public Health Department of the CBHSSJB will continue provide updates and will stay on alert during the Halloween season.  

Yaakuuamiik – Be Careful!

For more information, contact:

  • Josée Quesnel, CBHSSJB at 418-770-1971 
  • Lieutenant David Bergeron, EEPF at 418-923-3318 for Lyle Cox, Interim Director EEPF