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An opioid 25 times more powerful than fentanyl detected in the Quebec region |


A synthetic opioid 25 times more potent than fentanyl has made its way to the Quebec region, where public health officials reported Saturday detecting the dangerous compound in pale green tablets that mimic the appearance of other opioids. ‘prescription.

Quebec’s regional public health authority has warned that the compound, protonitazepyne, poses a high risk of overdose, which may require multiple doses of the life-saving drug naloxone.

Health Canada first detected the substance in 2023 and would positively identify it in a total of 25 drug samples by the end of the year. Public health officials working in the Quebec region now say that it has been found more and more in the Montreal region since the beginning of 2024.

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No overdoses in the Quebec City area have been linked to protonitazepyne tablets, but authorities say it poses a very real threat.

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“However, it is clear that given the potency and the fact that it is a tablet of something else, the risk of overdose is very high for people who would consume this tablet,” said Dr. Anne-Frédérique Lambert-Slythe to the Quebec public. the health authority said in an interview.

Officials further warn that protonitazepyne does not appear on test strips designed to detect fentanyl.

Quebec Public Health reiterates the advice to people who use drugs to avoid consuming substances alone and to keep naloxone nearby. The medicine is available free of charge in pharmacies.

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