The province saw 914 illicit drug overdose deaths last year, with fentanyl being blamed for the increase.
Now, China is banning another deadly substance that’s already made it to the streets here in the Lower Mainland.
The move is being called a potential ‘game-changer’ by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
China is banning Carfentanil starting March 1st, adding it along with three other fentanyl-related opioids to its list of controlled substances.
In a statement, Yu Haibin with the Office of the National Narcotics Control Committee says, “it shows China’s attitude as a responsible, big country.”
Earlier this month, the province confirmed Carfentanil made its way to Metro Vancouver.
Carfentanil is said to be 100 times more toxic than fentanyl.