Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Carfentanil linked for 1st time to drug overdose death in B.C

Carfentanil has been detected for the first time in a drug overdose death in B.C. A 39 year-old man was found dead inside his home on November 17th after he failed to show up for work and could not be reached by telephone.

Police found an unknown drug and paraphernalia which was sent to Health Canada for testing. It confirmed the presence of carfentanil. This fatality follows the deaths of two men in Alberta last month from carfentanil. Vancouver police believe the carfentanil death won't be the last as the drug was first detected in a September seizure of heroin. Due to the minute quantity of carfentanil needed for toxicity in humans, the coroner cannot even test to prove it was the cause of death.

RCMP in Alberta seized a kilo of carfentanil last summer which had the potential to create 50 million lethal doses. Carfentanil is 100 times more potent than fentanyl and is used solely to tranquillize large animals. It is fatal to humans in an amount of 20 micrograms, which is less than a grain of salt.