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Overdose alert warns ‘pot-like’ product isn’t cannabis, contains carfentanil

Police are warning members of the public to be aware of a street drug that looks just like cannabis, but actually contains powerful opioids.

On Wednesday, Guelph police posted a public alert of the same information that Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy shared Tuesday night.

Officials say a similar ‘cannabis-like’ drug was seized in Ohio, and was actually a substance containing heroin and fentanyl

An overdose alert was issued on May 21, 2019 as a substance that vaguely resembles cannabis was found to contain carfentanil in Ontario. (WRIDS)
An overdose alert has been issued for the province.

The Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy says a product vaguely resembling cannabis has been seized in Ontario. Testing discovered it was not pot at all, but rather a substance containing carfentanil.

The Ontario Harm Reduction Network says the product only resembles pot in out-of-focus pictures, to novice consumers, or people inexperienced with cannabis. Furthermore, it says the substance has not been marketed or sold as cannabis.

Officials say the new potentially deadly substance hasn’t yet been discovered in Waterloo Region, but anyone consuming drugs should be aware of the new product.

They say opioids like carfentanil cannot be detected by sight, smell, or taste.

If someone is experiencing an overdose – call 911 immediately, and administer Naloxone if you have it.


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