New Black Market Painkiller Hits Canada, 40 Times Stronger Than Heroin

Category: Daily Promo / May 15, 2013 10:48AM EDT


A new black market painkiller has spread across Canada, and experts say it is 40 times stronger than heroin.

Canadian police have warned against the dangers of the potent new drug, called desmethyl fentanyl, which has hit the black market in Montreal.

According to the CBC, the drug comes in the form of a pill, stamped with familiar copycat logos like that of Facebook, and is being marketed to young people.

In April, Montreal police raided several locations and seized more than 300,000 illegally produced synthetic prescription drugs, including desmethyl fentanyl.

Some doctors feel the new drug could prove exceptionally dangerous to potential users.

"The impacts are very unpredictable, and the unsophisticated users not knowing the impacts of the drugs that they are taking, not knowing the mixture of what's in these pills is going to result, unfortunately, in many tragedies," Dr. Peter Vamos said during an interview with the CBC.

The drug is so strong, that even some of the officers who handled the drug suffered injuries.

Fentanyl alone is a powerful painkiller that is usually prescribed to cancer patients or those who suffer from chronic pain in the form of a patch.

Desmethyl fentanyl takes it to the next step, chemically altered to be 80 times stronger than morphine.

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