Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Police Warn of Dangerous Narcotics after 7 Fatal Overdoses since Aug. 2

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Police Warn of Dangerous Narcotics after 7 Fatal Overdoses since Aug. 2

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Toronto police issue dangerous narcotics warning

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Toronto police are warning about a batch of dangerous narcotics being sold downtown after seven overdose deaths in the city since Aug. 2.

Police say they believe the drugs responsible are a deadly batch of fentanyl or carfentanil.

Fentanyl is a synthetic painkiller about 100 times stronger than morphine and carfentanil is an even stronger opioid originally developed for veterinarians to sedate elephants and other large animals.

These opioids have been blamed for the growing overdose crisis that federal health officials say killed at least 1,460 Canadians in the first half of 2017.

The police warning comes a day after the Ontario government paused plans to open three new temporary overdose-prevention sites as it conducts a review to determine if such facilities will continue to operate. …

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