YRP warns of new strain of fentanyl

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A new drug has very serious side effects, and York Regional Police are issuing a strong warning.

Police have found a new strain of fentanyl, following an overdose in Newmarket.

The fentanyl seized at the scene have distinctive orange and pink colors, something no one has seen before. Also, police said the drug was consumed through a vape pen, with the fentanyl mixed with nicotine oil.

“This could pose a significant risk to public safety, especially if residents are unaware of this consupiton method and assume a vape pen they may use contains nothing more than nitocine or other flavorings,” police said in a release.

YRP points out that fentanly is 100 times more potent than morphine. Two milligrams of pure fentanyl (the size of roughly four grains of salt) is enough to kill an average adult. If combined with alcohol and other drugs, the risk of death is increased.

Someone overdosing on fentanyl may display slow, irregular and shallow respirations, pinpoint pupils, muscle rigidity, seizures and unconsciousness, which could lead to a coma. Less lethal effects include dizziness, drowsiness, headache, sleepiness, nausea and vomiting. Treating symptoms of fentanyl require higher doses of the antidote naloxone compared to other opioids.

York Regional Police is committed to combatting the distribution of opioids in the community.

Mark Pavilons, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, King Weekly Sentinel