RCMP in Kelowna are warning of a potentially deadly drug they say is nearly 100 times more potent than Fentanyl.
Police say the synthetic opioid called “W18″ has shown up on the streets of Kelowna.
Police forces across B.C. were put on alert in March after the drug was found in Alberta.
Counterfeit oxycodone and percocet tablets seized from a recent drug bust in West Kelowna showed the presence of “W18.”
Police say even in very small amounts, it can be fatal.
In a release, RCMP drug expert, Cpl. Eric Boechler says it’s a ticking time bomb.
He says the risk of overdose death is considerable.
Last month B.C.’s provincial health officer Perry Kendall declared the province’s first public health emergency as a direct response to the rapid rise in fentanyl-related overdose deaths.
This comes on the heels of a BC Coroners Service report highlighting the spike in drug overdose deaths, from 136 in 2015 to 256 already in 2016.
The report says the drug Fentanyl now accounts for almost half of all deaths here.