Drug Trafficking Facts
Extreme drug abuse, addiction to pain, is prevalent around the world.
Worth billions in illegal trade, the major drugs – methamphetamines (meth), cocaine and heroin – have been wreaking havoc individually and collectively for years.
Another narcotic, fentanyl, about 100 time more toxic than morphine, is being mixed with cocaine and heroin, imported, and sold illegally with tragic consequences.
Here are some facts about fentanyl according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website (1):
“Fentanyl has been mixed with other drugs such as heroin and cocaine.
“It has been used in tablets made to look like prescription drugs.
“Overdoses have occurred where individuals were not aware they were consuming fentanyl.
“It is odourless and tasteless, and therefore hard to detect.
“It is often found in powder, pill, liquid and blotter form.
“2 milligrams of pure fentanyl (the size of about 4 grains of salt) is enough to kill the average adult.
“Unintentional exposure to pure fentanyl – touching or inhaling – can cause serious harm including death.
“Fentanyl-related deaths have been increasing in Canada.” (1)