Vancouver Police are warning the public that the deadly drug W-18 has been discovered in the city.
Police say test results show what was thought to be counterfeit OxyContin seized in a West End drug bust in April was actually W-18.
The VPD says it’s a synthetic pain killer 100 times more toxic than heroin.
VPD spokesperson Sergeant Randy Fincham says the lives of more habitual or recreation drug users are at even greater risk as the Lower Mainland grapples with an unprecedented spike in drug overdose deaths.
Police began sounding the alarm about the drug making its way west after it turned up in an Alberta Bust back in February.
Earlier this month, Delta Police issued a warning after the synthetic opioid turned up at a busted Burnaby drug lab.
At the time, investigators offered the following tips for anyone using street drugs, which may be spiked with more powerful opioids:
- fentanyl and W-18 cannot be detected by looks, smell or taste and are being misrepresented and sold by drug dealers as other drugs;
- do not use alone and start with a small amount;
- do not mix with other substances as it can increase the risk of overdose;
- use where help is easily available;
- do not be afraid to call 9-1-1 for assistance.