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Deadly opioid carfentanil confirmed in Durham Region overdose: police

WHITBY, Ont. — Police say Durham Region has recorded its first confirmed overdose due to the deadly opioid carfentanil.


May 16, 2017
By The Canadian Press

Const. George Tudos of Durhan regional police says a man overdosed in February and survived.

Tudos says investigators are releasing few other details about the incident in Whitby, Ont.

Tudos says a sample of the drug was sent to Health Canada, which has confirmed it contained carfentanil.

Carfentanil — which is marketed as a tranquilizer for large animals — is a synthetic opioid similar to fentanyl, but 100 times more potent.

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