Friday, November 4, 2016

Liquid fentanyl found in Canada

Investigators in Hamilton announced that they have seized what is believed to be the country's first liquid fentanyl. The powerful opioid is usually found in pill, powder or patch form.

Police found the vial in May of this year and were notified in July by Health Canada that the substance was a form of liquid fentanyl. Liquid fentanyl is believed to be more powerful than the powder form of the drug. It can be readily absorbed through the skin. Police say it appears to be "fairly concentrated."

It could be that the drug is a pre-mixed liquid from a legitimate pharmaceutical source. Those liquids are used for injections in operating rooms.

In September police in Winnipeg charged a 37-year-old man with numerous drug offences after they found $30,000 worth of carfentanil in blotter form. Police across Canada are examining drug-handling protocols and are set to revamp how front-line officers deal with unknown substances. The RCMP announced its front-line officers would begin carrying naloxone nasal spray.
Fentanyl has been steadily making its way east. The majority of the illicit fentanyl in Canada comes from China. Mexico has also become a fentanyl hub. Anyone with a decent chemistry lab can produce fentanyl according to experts.

It's unknown how many deaths occur in Ontario due to fentanyl because the data doesn't exist, but the country as a whole is on track for upwards of 3,000 opioid-related deaths this year.
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