The Ottawa Police Service and Ottawa Paramedic Service responded to the area of George Street in the city’s downtown area at approximately 8pm tonight. At that time, five victims were reported to have suffered serious medical complications from ingesting a drug being sold as crack cocaine. Unidentified chemicals have been reportedly added to the drug and are causing major medical complications.
The Ottawa Police Service currently has six related reported cases. One male is in custody, however it is believed that other suspects may still be distributing the drug. The investigation is ongoing and will include the analysis of the drug to determine its contents.
“This clearly shows that ingesting illegal drugs poses a huge risk,” said Acting Duty Inspector Mark Patterson.
Anyone believing to be at risk from ingesting this substance, including experiencing problems breathing, should call 911 immediately.
Anyone with information in relation to this investigation is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Drug Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5080.