The Durham Regional Police Service has had the first confirmed case of a deadly drug called “Carfentanil” as being found in an overdose incident in the Durham Region.
Carfentanil is a narcotic marketed as a tranquilizer for large animals. It’s a synthetic opioid similar to fentanyl but 100 times more potent. As little as an amount the size of a grain of salt can be lethal to humans. In many cases this drug is so powerful even the antidote to reverse an opioid overdose will not be effective against Carfentanil overdose. It also poses a danger to first responders trying to save those who have overdosed.
Police are encouraging members of the community to help by providing information about the illegal trafficking and distribution of Fentanyl and other dangerous drugs within our communities.
Kawartha Lakes Police say they haven’t found it yet in the city but Chief John Hagarty says they updated policies and procedures for handling unknown controlled substances or possible opiates and more. “We also renovated our lab in our property room all in an effort to make it safer for our officers that might come into contact with fentanyl or Carfentanil”