However, Regina has not been completely sheltered from the drug.
In November 2016, two people were found dead, suspected of overdosing on the highly addictive, highly lethal painkiller.
The danger and risk remains, though.
As such, the only known overdose-reversing treatment, naloxone, has been widely available across the city in both take home form, but also available for emergency personnel in the city.
Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said his department has gone one further, and have now held the first of several task force meetings on the issue.
“We just had our first task force meeting in the last month, and we met with members of public safety yesterday to talk about what next steps look like,” Bray said.
“Right now, we’re focusing on educating the dangers about Fentanyl,” he added.
Tragically, that education comes too late for some.
In the first three months of 2017 in Alberta, 51 people have already died due to an overdose of the drug, which compares to just 28 in the same period of 2016.
Last year, nearly 350 people lost their lives in Alberta due to fentanyl overdoses, a number staggeringly overshadowed by the 922 who died in British Columbia, where naloxone has been in steady and readily usable supply for some time.
Chief Bray said he knows the possibility of the drug hitting city streets is very real, but hopes education will help the Queen City avoid the tragedy seen elsewhere.
“If we can educate people that sometimes just the most minute amount, if it’s not the pure drug, or if it’s laced with something else, just a granular amount can be fatal,” he said.
Bray points to a unique segment of society when talking about the focus on the police messaging.
“In some ways our messaging and our communication is focused on people who have a drug addiction,” he said.
“Most people aren’t going to abuse drugs, but those that do, they need to be aware of the danger of using something when they’re not sure of what they’re taking,” he added.