Canada is experiencing a rise in opioid-related deaths. In 2017 the number of opioid-related deaths in Canada rose to almost 4,000. Between 2010 and 2017 the hospitalization rates for opioid-related cases increased by 27%.

Many fatal opioid-related overdoses are due to ingesting fentanyl, a very potent drug - ingesting more than infinitesimal amounts of this drug can be fatal.

Now, a new form of fentanyl has been found in New Brunswick. The drug,  furanyl-fentanyl, has already caused one death in the province.

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TL;DR In the midst of what the Canadian Institute Health Institute is quantifying as an opioid crisis, a new form of fentanyl has been discovered in New Brunswick. The drug has already been linked to one death.

A powerful drug, furanyl-fentanyl, has been found in traces in the toxicology report of a recently deceased person in New Brunswick. Officials are worried that this means that the drug has made its way into the province.

According to experts it only takes a quarter of a milligram to cause a fatal overdose. Furanyl-fentanyl is much more potent than morphine, and it is impossible for users to detect it.

Via Angus Reid Institute

In February 2018 furanyl-fentanyl had been found in black market percocet, an opioid that normally contains oxycotin and acetaminophen. The RCMP is warning people to be wary of opioids bought on the black market.

The Canadian Institute Health Institute is quantifying this as a crisis, and many Canadians agree. Half of Canadians call opioids a serious problem and one-quarter view opioid overdoses as a crisis.

The federal government has allocated over $230M over five years to combat this crisis, but the number of opioid-related deaths is still rising.

In Quebec, anyone can request a free naloxone kit at a pharmacy. Naloxone is an antidote to opioid overdoses. 

You don't need a prescription, but you need to be 14 or over and have a Health Insurance Card or valid claim slip (carnet de réclamation). A pharmacist will teach you how to use the kit.

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