Extremely Potent Opioid Responsible For Mysterious Downtown Death

Windsor police have learned a mysterious downtown death was caused by a drug meant to sedate elephants.

Police were called to a home in the 700 block of Dougall Ave. between Wyandotte St. and Elliott after a dead body was discovered on June 9.

A man was found dead on the porch and there was a white powder found near him. As a precaution, police called in the Windsor Fire and Rescue's Hazmat Team.

Sergeant Steve Betteridge says the powder in question contained methamphetamine and oxycodone, but the corner recently reported an extremely large dose of carfentanil as well as methamphetamine as the cause of death.

"This is the first time Windsor Police Service has had a carfentanil related overdose death," says Betteridge.

Carfentanil is used to tranquilize very large animals, and a small grain of the drug can kill a human according Betteridge.

"Our goal is to get the information out to our community, and let people know this is a dangerous drug," he says. "This drug will kill you."

He told AM800 News there are no guarantees what's purchased on the street doesn't contain something toxic.

"How they [drug dealers] mixed it, what they mixed it with, what frame of mind they were in when they mixed it, is it exactly what you think you're buying? There are no guarantees, it's literally a game of Russian-roulette as to what you're actually getting," says Betteridge. "Is that worth anyone's life? Absolutely not."

Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that is 100 times more powerful that fentanyl, 4,000 times more powerful than heroin and 10,000 times more potent than morphine.