Canada Carfentanil stamps found in Laval prompt warnings from public health

15:06  13 february  2018
15:06  13 february  2018 Source:   CBC

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Recent deaths prompt state warning about carfentanil . Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy urged professionals and citizens who may be in contact with carfentanil to use extreme caution because the drug is absorbed through the skin.

Gray Death, a mixture of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and other synthetic opiods, has resulted in the warning from other agencies, such as State of Indiana Emergency Medical Services, the state fire marshal, Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana State Police.

a close up of a logo: Carfentanil-laced blotting paper stamps were found in Laval last month.© Laval public health Carfentanil-laced blotting paper stamps were found in Laval last month.

The director of public health and social services in Laval has issued a warning after police discovered carfentanil stamps in a home on its territory last month.

Carfentanil is a hundred times more potent then fentanyl and 10,000 times stronger than a dose of morphine.

It was found by Laval police in the form of blotting paper stamps which absorb the drug in a liquid form.

"This drug is very dangerous. All opioids can cause respiratory arrest," said Dr. Jean-Pierre Trépanier, director of public health. "A small dose of carfentanil is enough to kill someone."

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The London police are sending out a warning after two seized drug samples tested positive for carfentanil . Health Canada confirms carfentanil found in Simcoe. Norfolk OPP say deadly carfentanil has turned up in Simcoe.

HARTFORD >> The state Department of Public Health is distributing a Drug Enforcement According to a release from Rhode Island’s state government, 11 deaths were found to contain the substance that year. Similar to the carfentanil fact sheet, the DEA issued a warning about fentanyl in June.

Police discovered the stamps after a 59-year-old man was found in physical distress and a family member called 911 on Jan. 23. He died three days later in hospital.

They believe the stamps also contained LSD and were purchased through an online black market supplier.

Police say the drugs in the brightly coloured pieces of paper can be absorbed through the skin, putting anyone who comes into contact in danger.

"It's blotting paper that looks like collector stamps," said Évelyne Bourdeau with the Laval police.

"It's pieces of paper made for consumption that people put on their tongues, and what's particular about this product is that it's extremely strong. It's even dangerous if it touches skin."

Laval public health is asking frequent drug users especially to be careful and to contact 911 if they come across something similar.

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Two recent deaths in Western Pennsylvania prompted state health officials on Tuesday to issue a stern warning about a particularly deadly opioid. Carfentanil , a synthetic drug that is exponentially stronger than morphine, is used legally to sedate elephants.

The pills contained heroin, but they were also cut with carfentanil , prompting the Eagle County Sheriff's Office to put out an alert about the opioid that quotes Chuck Rosenberg, acting I hope our first responders — and the public — will read and heed our health and safety warning ."

A growing problem in Quebec

The presence of fentanyl and carfentanil is increasing in the province, as the crisis facing British Columbia has continued to move east.

The province has made naloxone, a synthetic drug that blocks opiate receptors in the nervous system, available for free in pharmacies across Quebec.© Radio-Canada The province has made naloxone, a synthetic drug that blocks opiate receptors in the nervous system, available for free in pharmacies across Quebec.

Public health authorities in the Eastern Townships are now asking frontline medical workers to flag any and all drug overdose cases they encounter, in the wake of the death last September of a Cowansville man from a carfentanil overdose.

Montreal has also seen a spike of drug overdoses across starting this past summer, with Montreal Public Health officials issuing a call for action.

In order to prevent a full-blown crisis, the opioid antidote naloxone was available free of charge in pharmacies across the province.

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    In July, health officials in Ohio issued a warning about the drug after a string of mass overdoses where the substance was found in the heroin supply. Public health officials are concerned that naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote, might not be as effective for someone overdosing on carfentanil .

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