Opioids and opiates, specifically heroin and fentanyl, have been making regular and continuous news appearances. Overdoses and deaths do not go unreported. Heroin laced with fentanyl carries the spotlight, for the most part. However, hyper-potent fentanyl analogs are rapidly becoming the center of attention.
In June, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) intercepted a 1KG package of carfentanil headed towards Alberta. The carfentanil was shipped in containers that would originally have held printer ink. “Upon inspecting the parcel, weighing just over one kilogram, officers noted an unknown, white substance. That substance was sent to the CBSA lab for analysis and it was tested positive for carfentanil,” said Chief Ana Maria Coutu from the CBSA.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested the recipient shortly afterwards. Following the arrest, the agencies held a press conference detailing the dangers of the drug and related compounds. “Now we’re seeing a lot more analogs that are extremely more toxic, carfentanil being, as was mentioned, a hundred times more toxic than Fentanyl itself,” said Calgary Police A/Insp. Martin Schiavetta.
Law enforcement agencies still considered carfentanil to be a pseudo-recreational drug, at this time. Many fentanyl-analog related deaths were purely