B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer says the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has issued an alert that another fentanyl “look-alike” is being found south of the border
That warning, according to Dr. Perry Kendall, means it could soon be added to the mix here.
Kendall says the recent DEA warning refers to an analog called acrylfentanyl.
It hasn’t been confirmed here in Canada yet, but it carries the same danger of others that are found here, such as carfentanil.
“The DEA were concerned that acrylfentanyl appeared to require more naloxone to reverse an overdose than just fentanyl.”
Those kinds of opioids killed 931 people last year, and 347 in the first three months of this year.
And with an overdose crisis ongoing, Kendall says the larger threat posed by acrylfentanyl is one that makes health professionals wary.
“This issue isn’t so much which particular analog do you have in the streets, but we do know that some of them are more potent than others.”
Kendall says the bottom line is the drug supply in the province right now is toxic, as even those not specifically buying opioids could end up with a drug laced with one that could kill them.
He reiterates that users cannot use drugs alone, nor without naloxone close at hand.