Sunday, May 7, 2017

Analogues creating antidote concerns

With 4 people in B.C. already dying of overdose every day, the province’s chief medical officer is warning of dozens of new types of analogues that are resistant to naloxone. At least 40 different fentanyl analogues exist to intensify or prolong a user’s high. Acryl fentanyl is one. It is highly resistant to the Narcan antidote. On April 27th, BC Emergency Health Services responded to a total 109 overdoses around the province, with 71 in Metro Vancouver.
The day before broke a provincial record with 130 overdose calls.

W-18 and a new fentanyl analogue was confirmed in this Burnaby bust
Eric Boechler mixes up a binding agent and pink-dyed sugar in a small blender. He puts the powder in a pill press, turns it on, and little pills start pumping out. The dyed sugar is used to replace fentanyl in the demonstration to show how poorly the drug is distributed throughout a batch of pills. 'Hot spots' are common.

Included in Sgt. Eric Boechler's demonstration is a confiscated "fake oxy" pill containing fentanyl and the dyes used.
Fentanyl and analogs are not water soluble, and dealers need to use acidic substances to break it apart. Most don't bother.

For those that do an increased demand for vitamin C among people requesting drug injection kits is raising red flags.

Fatal doses of Heroin, Fentanyl