February 13, 2018 10:30 am

Carfentanil stamps found north of Montreal

Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid — 100 times more lethal than fentanyl.

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Authorities near Montreal are sounding the alarm over the discovery of the deadly opioid carfentanil.

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Laval police say it’s the first time they’ve seen carfentanil blotting stamps on their territory.

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The paper stamps, soaked in a synthetic opiate, are about 100 times stronger than fentanyl and 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.

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The director of the local health agency says the drug is very dangerous and that even a small dose can lead to death.

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It only takes an amount equivalent to a grain of salt or two milligrams of carfentanil powder to be lethal through inhalation, ingestion or absorption through the skin.

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Dr. Jean-Pierre Trepanier says all opiates can lead to respiratory problems, which cause the user to stop breathing.

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Laval police warn that carfentanil blotters, which look very much like collectible stamps, could be circulating in the city.

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Police say the stamps appear to have been purchased on the dark web.

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