Hamilton police say a vial of liquid fentanyl seized during a drug bust is a first in Canada.
The drug was thought to be GHB, the date rape drug, when it was seized in May.
However, testing by Health Canada confirms it was liquid fentanyl.
The drug is more dangerous in its liquid form than as a powder because it can be absorbed through the skin.
“We had heard about it being in our city in the form of ‘popcorn,’ which is a heroin-fentanyl mix and obviously now we’re seeing it in liquid form,” said Hamilton drug unit detective Adam Brown.
Brown said Hamilton police are working with the RCMP and other agencies to find the source.
Police are now changing protocols for how they handle drugs to include protection and long sleeves.
Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.
With files from Shiona Thompson