The acting chief medical officer of New Brunswick warned the people of the province Friday about carfentanil.
Dr. Jennifer Russell has expressed serious concern about the appearance of this opioid which is 100 times more potent than fentanyl
A toxicological report released following the death of an individual in southern New Brunswick revealed the presence of carfentanil in his system.
For reasons of confidentiality and not to interfere with the ongoing investigation, Dr. Russell was unable to specify the location and circumstances of the death.
At a press conference in Fredericton, the Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health spoke to the province as a whole to warn all New Brunswickers about the new substance, especially vulnerable and high-risk groups.
According to Dr. Russell, the equivalent of one carfentanil pill or two milligrams of powder is enough for the drug to be fatal to inhalation, ingestion or even absorption through the skin. .
The drug may have been mixed with another substance, making it impossible to detect without a laboratory test.
This is what makes carfentanil so dangerous, because drug users can not know if it has been added to another drug sold on the street.
Learn from experiences elsewhere
Dr. Jennifer Russell reported that New Brunswick learned by observing experiences elsewhere in the country to combat the scourge of opioids.
The province is particularly inspired by British Columbia, which declared a state of emergency in 2016 due to the high number of cases of fentanyl overdoses.
New Brunswick has identified 25 drug-related deaths between January 1 and June 30, 2017. According to Dr. Russell, 17 of these deaths are related to opioids.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police maintains that the fight against fentanyl and carfentanil remains at the top of its agenda.
Last October, police in southern Ontario seized 42 kilograms of carfentanil, the largest seizure of this nature in Canada.