Carfentanil found in Windsor

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A group recently assembled to address opioid and substance issues in the Windsor area is warning that the deadly drug carfentanil has once again been found in Windsor.

The Windsor-Essex Community Opioid and Substance Strategy (WECOSS) group has issued an alert saying carfentanil, and not fentanyl, was discovered during Windsor raids in March.

“Recent Health Canada results have confirmed the presence of carfentanil from drug seizures in March of 2019,” said WECOSS. “Drugs believed to be fentanyl came back as its analogue, carfentanil.”

Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.

The cases that involved seizures that returned as carfentanil are still before the courts.

In 2017, Windsor police confirmed carfentanil was in the city. Carfentanil was also found in Tecumseh last week.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) has also identified 15 drug-related Emergency Department visits earlier this week (May 26-28).

“Multiple substances have been detected, and no single substance can be identified as the cause of these overdose events,” the WECHU said.