Saturday, January 21, 2017

10 million lethal doses of carfentanil seized at Mirabel Airport

Vancouver firefighters work to revive a man who has already had two doses of Narcan after overdosing on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced Wednesday two packages seized at Montreal-Mirabel International Airport contained carfentanil. CBSA officers intercepted the packages coming from China on December 22, 2016.
After a laboratory analysis, the substance was confirmed to be 209 grams of carfentanil.
Both packages were from the same exporter and were destined for different residential addresses in the Montérégie region. Yesterday Alberta RCMP warned users of the dangers of street drugs after an investigation found heroin contaminated with carfentanil. The drugs were seized in October 2016.

The toxic synthetic opioid has been directly linked to at least 15 deaths in Alberta in 2016. The true number of deaths is unknowable in Canada because a testing regime is only now being brought into use.