Fentanyl disguised to look like Oxycontin pills in a recent Newfoundland bust. Authorities across the country are blaming Fentanyl for a major spike in overdose deaths.
The RCMP on the Burin Peninsula are warning people about deadly Fentanyl-laced pills.
Police say they've received Information that pills stamped or marked with “oxy 10” but containing Fentanyl have recently been seen on the Burin Peninsula.
Fentanyl is a fast-acting opiate that is estimated to be 100 times more potent than morphine and 20-50 times more toxic than heroin, the RCMP noted in a news release.
It has legitimate clinical uses for treating chronic pain, but is extremely dangerous when consumed illicitly.
Fentanyl can be added to other drugs without the user’s knowledge.
Two milligrams of pure Fentanyl (the size of about two grains of salt) is enough to kill the average adult. It is odourless and tasteless, and therefore hard to detect, police say.
The effects of Fentanyl occur quickly after use. It can cause immediate incapacitation and sometimes death if not treated immediately after exposure.
Anyone who believes they may have come into contact with this drug should seek immediate medical attention.
Anyone with information on drug trafficking onthe Burin Peninsula can contact the RCMP at (709) 279-3001. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP190 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637), or at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.