Wednesday, April 25, 2018

OPP issue warnings of drug mix known as ‘purple heroin’

Drugs thought to be fentanyl and cocaine were seized in Simcoe in January and sent to Health Canada for testing. The results show the drugs were actually a mix of heroin, morphine, fentanyl and carfentanil.
Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. As little as two milligrams could be fatal through ingestion, inhalation or absorption through the skin. If dealers weigh fentanyl or carfentanil on a scale and then weigh another drug on the same scale, there can be cross-contamination and “minuscule grains” can be enough to be fatal.