‘Extremely potent’ artificial opioid present in Saskatoon police seizures – Saskatoon

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) says a highly potent synthetic opioid has been identified as a substance of concern in the Saskatoon area.

According to one recommendation, etonitazene is 10 to 20 times more potent than fentanyl.

Health Canada’s Drug Analysis Service told CPSS that the substance was received in the lab on Nov. 2 and was the first detection in the Saskatoon area.

Etonitacene was present in an orange powder and / or granular substance in recent Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) seizures, read the notice.

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SPS said the news from Etonitazen was worrying.

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“As we have warned in the past, the public should not use substances that are not prescribed by a doctor and dispensed by a pharmacist,” said a SPS statement delivered to Global News on Friday.

“Citizens are also reminded of the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act. This law enables anyone present when someone overdoses to call 911 without fear of being charged with drug possession.

“It’s also important that people understand the symptoms of an opioid overdose, including: slow or no breathing; Gargling, wheezing, or snoring; clammy cool skin; and blue lips or nails. “


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There is a significant risk of overdose due to its effectiveness, which in the event of an overdose may require higher than normal doses of naloxone, according to health officials.

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CPSS said this substance is of concern for the following reasons:

  • It is a new emergence in the community and has been known to be linked to overdoses and deaths;
  • It can be presented as a new form that individuals may not know they are consuming; and
  • It can also pose a threat to anyone who deals with it without taking proper health and safety precautions.

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