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Health Canada and OPP confirm that powerful opioid carfentanil was found in Norfolk County

 Free Press Staff

In this file photo provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a member of the RCMP opens a printer ink bottle containing the opioid carfentanil imported from China, in Vancouver. Drug dealers have been cutting carfentanil and its weaker cousin, fentanyl, into heroin and other illicit drugs to boost profit margins. Royal Canadian Mounted Police photo

In this file photo provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a member of the RCMP opens a printer ink bottle containing the opioid carfentanil imported from China, in Vancouver. Drug dealers have been cutting carfentanil and its weaker cousin, fentanyl, into heroin and other illicit drugs to boost profit margins. Royal Canadian Mounted Police photo

Carfentanil, the powerful opioid that’s even more deadly than fentanyl, has likely been on the streets of Norfolk County for months. But now police can finally confirm it.

OPP sent drugs that were seized outside a Simcoe convenience store on Oct. 6 away for testing. Health Canada confirmed this week that the substance was carfentanil, police said in a media release.

“Carfentanil is being mixed into illicit drugs. The user may or may not be aware of the contents, and even trace amounts can be lethal," said Insp. Shawn Nash, Norfolk OPP interim detachment commander.

Carfentanil, used to sedate large animals like elephants, is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.