Despite fentanyl being linked to the majority of drug deaths in B.C. this year, it is only a fraction of the drugs seized by law enforcement across the country.
Sgt. Luc Chicoine, RCMP’s National Drug Program Coordinator, says only a small percentage of the samples Health Canada tests are fentanyl-related.
“Four per cent of the samples sent to health Canada are fentanyl-related compounds or mixture which contain fentanyl.”
Health Canada does drug-sample testing for all Canadian police forces.
“Initially I thought that 30 to 40 per cent would have been methamphetamine and the other 30 to 40 per cent would have been fentanyl, but no, it’s way way down, but it’s deadly.
The B.C. Coroner Service will release the latest overdose death toll next week.
At last count, two deaths a day were linked to fentanyl.
That was 622 people as of the end of October.
The latest count of fentanyl linked deaths is expected Monday.