Deadly opioid carfentanil confirmed in Durham Region overdose: police

The Canadian Press
May 15, 2017
By The Canadian Press
WHITBY, Ont. — Police say Durham Region has recorded its first confirmed overdose due to the deadly opioid carfentanil.

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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