Thursday, September 29, 2016

Carfentanil hits Winnipeg

There is a new opioid on the streets of Winnipeg strong enough to sedate an elephant and 10,000 times more toxic than morphine. And because carfentanil is often mixed with other drugs, you may not even know you’re taking it, police cautioned.

Police charged a 37-year-old man with numerous drug offences after they found $30,000 worth of carfentanil in blotter form in a West End hotel on Sept. 12. The bust follows larger seizures in British Columbia and Alberta, including a package discovered by border agents last month that contained one kilogram of carfentanil — enough for 50 million doses.
Because Carfentanil is so tiny and powerful, it's difficult to safely determine a non-lethal amount.

Even hard-core drug addicts may get many, many times the dose they're used to taking and could be subject to overdose. Less than 2 milligrams can kill a human.
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