How much more Naloxone is needed to fight illicit drug overdoses with traces of Carfentanil?
Here in B.C., it was detected at the scene of an apparent illicit drug death for the first time two weeks ago.
Carfentanil is said to be 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.
So just how much antidote is needed to revive someone from an overdose with traces of Carfentanil?
B.C.’s top medical officer Dr. Perry Kendall says it’s going to take a lot more Naloxone to revive someone from an overdose.
“We are getting reports from the emergency rooms that people are requiring eight or nine vials of Naloxone to reverse the overdose, which is considerably more. One or two doses is usually sufficient to bring someone back from a heroin or morphine overdose, or three or four vials from a fentanyl overdose.”
Kendall says it remains to be seen if a stronger antidote can be developed to fight the potent opioid.
“We have reports that people are requiring eight or nine doses of Naloxone to bring them back. And that’s compared to one or two for heroin or morphine, or three of four for fentanyl.”
Carfentanil has been linked to 15 overdose deaths in Alberta over the last few months.
The latest stats for from the B.C. Coroners reports 622 people have died from an illicit drug overdose so far this year.