Nelson Police concerns with cutting agent found in cocaine seizure

Nelson Police have put out a Public Safety message, after receiving lab results from Health Canada from a seizure of suspected cocaine.

Health Canada reported that the sample contained a cutting agent, the majority of it being Phenacetin, which is something new to the Nelson area

Phenacetin was used as a pain killer that was banned in Canada in 1973  after it was associated with cancer and kidney damage.

Officials say in certain quantities it can also reduce the amount of oxygen the blood can absorb which could lead to death. 

Phenacetin is rated as being low risk for exposure to most Canadians as it is mainly used by labs for research and in small amounts in some hair dye products.