Tuesday, April 24, Health Canada confirmed and identified the narcotic recovered in a drug bust in Simcoe, January 18, as containing Heroin, Morphine, Fentanyl and Carfentanil otherwise known as purple Heroin.
Two men and two women were taken into custody and charged in that incident. As a result, investigators recovered over $37,000 in drugs and approximately $3,500 dollars in currency.
Police are issuing a public warning on the dangers of these deadly opioids. Carfentanil is suspected to be 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Exposure to a very small amount of this drug, as little as a grain of salt or two milligrams of powder, could be fatal through ingestion or inhalation.
The drug has recently shown up in Dunnville, prompting the health unit to pass out free naxalone kits to illicit drug users.
“Carfentanil is being mixed into illicit street drugs and, in most cases, the user is not even aware,” explains Inspector Lisa Anderson, Interim Detachment Commander, Norfolk County OPP.
“The public needs to understand that any purchase of illegal street drugs carries the risk of a deadly opioid being mixed in with the primary drug. We want people to think twice, understand the risks and hopefully not purchase or consume illicit street drugs. I hope they know the overdose signs to watch for so they can get help for themselves or a friend before the situation turns into a fatal one.”