Min­istry says users test­ing pos­i­tive for car­fen­tanil

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

B.C.’s Health Min­istry has con­firmed il­licit drug users in Metro Van­cou­ver are in­gest­ing a deadly syn­thetic opi­oid typ­i­cally used as an ele­phant tran­quil­lizer. The min­istry says a small num­ber of urine tests con­ducted over a two-week pe­riod at treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties across Metro Van­cou­ver tested pos­i­tive for car­fen­tanil. The min­istry says one or two grains of the drug can be fa­tal and that it is 100 times more toxic than fen­tanyl, the drug at the root of the prov­ince’s over­dose cri­sis.

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