Experts are warning that a common overdose antidote isn't strong enough to counteract a substance that is around 100 times more potent than fentanyl
Border officials have seizing an unprecedented number of packages containing the deadly synthetic opioid in the last four months, much of it postmarked from China.
Touching or inhaling even a small amount of fentanyl can be fatal, so federal police in Canada are now carrying naloxone in case they come in contact with it.
Canadian doctors can now apply to get heroin prescriptions for patients who have not responded to methadone and other medically-assisted treatment options.
While police haven't raised the possibility of foul play, some are speculating that the late singer had no idea that he was taking fentanyl, the powerful opiate responsible for a rash of deaths across North America.
Carfentanil is a synthetic drug typically used to sedate elephants and other large wild animals. The package intercepted at a Vancouver mailing center originated in China and was falsely marked as printer accessories.
By Justin Ling
Last year, a mysterious dealer with a huge supply of quality fentanyl appeared on the darkweb, with a story straight out of Breaking Bad. This month, they disappeared.
The move to strike high-potency opioids from the public drug benefit plan is the latest attempt by Ontario to get a grip on opioid-related overdoses and overdose deaths, which have skyrocketed in recent years.
Fentanyl has killed scores in Canada's poorest neighbourhood. Many have taken matters into their own hands in the fight against overdoses.
Police said the shipments of the fentanyl precursor were discovered in four cardboard barrels by Canadian border guards at the Edmonton International Airport. They had been shipped from somewhere in China.
A new report from the DEA sheds some light on just how damaging the heroin 'epidemic' has been for the United States.
As health officials across Canada scramble to get a grip on a rampant opioid crisis, addictions experts in Ontario say they are at a serious disadvantage because the latest data they have is two years old.
Fentanyl has been responsible for hundreds of deaths in recent years, and it shows no sign of abating. Some doctors have been warning about this for years.
The announcement comes in the midst of a public health crisis around fentanyl in Canada, with hundreds of reported overdoses throughout the country in the last few years
In the United States, fentanyl is a lesser-known opioid that has been overshadowed by heroin and OxyContin, two drugs at the root of the country’s overdose epidemic.
The music superstar died of an accidental, self-administered overdose of an opioid painkiller, the county medical examiner said in a death report on Thursday.
Canada's health department announced the ban on Wednesday. But experts are questioning the science behind the government's claims that W-18 is 100 times more powerful than the deadly opioid fentanyl.
Testing confirmed the Calgary man also had heroin and 3-methyl fentanyl, which is 10 to 15 times stronger than heroin, in his system. It's unclear exactly which drug was the direct cause of his death.
Police in Edmonton announced Wednesday they seized four kilograms of W-18, a synthetic opioid, in powder form during a raid carried out in December during a fentanyl investigation. It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine.