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RCMP warning Edmonton public of heroin laced with carfentanil

RCMP are warning the Edmonton and area public of heroin laced with carfentanil that they found during a drug investigation.

Animal tranquilizer is approximately 100 times stronger than fentanyl

Carfentanil is used as a general anaesthetic for large animals. This dart is loaded with carfentanil and a cocktail of other drugs in preparation for tranquilizing a moose. (Dave Orrick/Associated Press)

RCMP are warning the Edmonton and area public of heroin laced with carfentanil that they found during a drug investigation.

Police said a drug investigation in Strathcona County started in October 2016. The heroin seized by police was tested by Health Canada who found the heroin contained "the extremely dangerous and potentially lethal drug carfentanil."

No other information about the drug investigation is available at this time.

Carfentanil is generally used for tranquillizing large animals and is said to be 100 times stronger than Fentanyl — which is 100 times more powerful than morphine. 

Carfentanil has been linked to more than a dozen deaths in Alberta. An Edmonton public health physician called carfentanil "the worst drug-safety crisis in history."

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