A dose of 20 micro grams could kill you, and one kilogram has been intercepted in YVR.
Health officials are worried that carfentanil could lead to more overdoses on Vancouver streets.
It’s the second time the Canada Border Services Agency has seized the drug in Vancouver — and it’s 100 times more potent than fentanyl.
Dr. William Dick with B.C. Emergency Health Services says while the province hasn’t recorded a carfentanil overdose yet, it’s on their radar.
“This is a new phenomenon. It concerns me because with the huge potency of this drug, and we are already having tremendous trouble because of fentanyl’s great potency compared to heroin, but when you now get a drug that is multiple times more potent than fentanyl, my fear is that we are going to have more overdoses occurring, accidental overdoses occurring.”
The Canada Border Services Agency says 1 kg of carfentanil was located in a parcel originating from China destined to a Calgary address this past June — an amount that could have created 50 million doses.
Package seizures from China very common occurrance
David Lee is with the Vancouver International Mail Centre says this carfentanil bust is far from an isolated incident.
“Given its geographical location in Vancouver packages and parcels coming from China is something that we very commonly encounter. Our officers are trained and they use detection equipment that we use to screen all kinds of goods coming into Canada.”
The CBSA says it made 84 seizures of fentanyl over the past five years and three months, with 87 per cent of those seized in mail.
That works out to about one seizure a month.
Pure powder fentanyl makes up the majority of those seizures, at 74 per cent.
According to Dick, it’s also much easier to smuggle in than other drugs of similar nature.
“To see something like a kilogram of this stuff being illegally smuggled in, it is quite alarming because the equivalent amount of heroin compared to that is easily a hundred, to five hundred of even one thousand times more per weight, so you can understand the attraction to people in the illicit drug trade. This stuff is much easier to smuggle in, because you have to smuggle in so much less of it.”
Dick says it’s not believed to have made its way to the streets yet.