Interior Health Confirms Regional Presence Of Carfentanil

Interior Health is confirming the presence of the deadly opiod carfentanil in its coverage area.

A Thursday release says that carfentanil was found in a drug test in the Kootenay region, and in a urine test in the Thompson/Cariboo/Shuswap region.

IH says that carfentanil is a synthetic opiod normally used for sedating large animals, and Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Trevor Corneil says that trusting the black market is no longer an option "If they are occasional users they should not be using drugs from the illicit market; whether it's in a pill format, or a powder, or other."

Suggestions from Interior Health for users include taking drugs with a sober friend, keeping a naloxone kit nearby, and to know the signs of an overdose.

IH says that the positive test in the Kootenay region was related to imitation oxycodone tablets with the markings 'CDN 80'.

The type of drug involved in the positive urine test is not currently known.

Anyone seeking further details on the presence of carfentanil in the region should check out this link.