Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Highly Toxic Opioid Found at Scene of Fatal Overdose in Vancouver

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Highly Toxic Opioid Found at Scene of Fatal Overdose in Vancouver

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Deadly carfentanil detected at B.C. overdose death

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VANCOUVER - For the first time police in Vancouver have linked a fatal overdose to the highly toxic drug carfentanil.

Officials say a drug sample was seized from an East Vancouver home where a 39-year-old man died on Nov. 17 and sent to Health Canada for analysis.

Police and the provincial coroner's service say the sample has tested positive for carfentanil, a manufactured drug that is much more potent than the opioid fentanyl and is used commercially as general anaesthetic for large animals like elephants.

Last month, a nine-month-old boy in Manitoba was rushed to hospital after being exposed to carfentanil, which is so powerful that just a few grains can be fatal for adults.

The coroner's service says post-mortem testing for carfentanil will not be available in the province until next month, so it can't say whether the drug led to the man's death. …

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