Police and health officials have a new drug to worry about in Alberta.
And they warn that W-18 is 100-times more toxic than fentanyl, which is the drug which killed over 270 people in Alberta last year.
Four kilograms of W-18 was seized in Edmonton back in December by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team, although it wasn’t confirmed to be that particular drug until Tuesday.
Staff Sergeant Dave Knibbs with ALERT says the powder was fortunately found before it was turned into pills.
“We didn’t have any evidence that pills were actually being created,” Knibbs told reporters on Wednesday. “That is to say we got this before it hit the street.”
Health officials say the opiod has no clinical use and there is currently no way to test for w-18.
Front-line health care workers in the province have been made aware of W-18.
Because it is an opiod, naloxone can be used in the case of an overdose, but medical help must be sought immediately.