CARFENTANIL SEIZURES IN LONDON CONFIRMED
Two seizures tested positive for the deadly drug
LONDON, ON (November 15, 2017) – The London Police Service (LPS) is warning the public after two drug samples seized in the city tested positive for the deadly drug carfentanil.
Test results from Health Canada showed the synthetic opioid that it is approximately 100 times more powerful than fentanyl or 10,000 times more powerful than morphine, was found in two separate seizures, one on August 25, 2017, and the other on September 11, 2017.
“To date in 2017, there have also been 23 confirmed seizures of fentanyl, a 460% percent increase from the five confirmed fentanyl cases in 2016,” said London Police Chief John Pare.
“This is a turning point in the local drug crisis and it’s not a turn for the better. I am sad for the effect this will have on the most vulnerable people in our community; even for first time users, it’s like playing Russian roulette,” said Dr. Chris Mackie, Medical Officer of Health with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. “We’ve been anticipating something like this and have been expanding the distribution of naloxone as well as having public consultations about supervised consumption facilities.”
It only takes an amount equivalent to a grain of salt or two milligrams of carfentanil powder to be lethal through inhalation, ingestion or absorption through the skin. The drug can be mixed with other drugs and cannot be detected unless tested in a laboratory.
“People should never use alone and they should always have Naloxone with them,” said Dr. Mackie.
If you suspect that an overdose has taken place, please call 9-1-1 for medical assistance.
Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in on-line anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com
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