Carfentanil mixed with other controlled substances

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 4, 2017  3:45pm 

(Ottawa)—The Ottawa Police Service Drug Unit is advising that they have received two Health Canada Certificates of Analysis that confirmed the presence of fentanyl and carfentanil in drugs seized in Ottawa this past summer, that were believed to be heroin.

One of the submitted samples was shown to contain carfentanil; the second sample contained both carfentanil and fentanyl. There was no heroin in either sample. 

The samples were seized by officers on July 31, 2017 and August 1st 2017 and submitted to Health Canada on August 2nd.  The Health Canada certificates were received today.

The Ottawa Police and Ottawa Public Health continue to remind the public that the best way to avoid an unintended overdose is by not using illegally obtained substances. No amount of supervision can ensure a person’s safety when they choose to use illegal drugs.  Counterfeit drugs do not taste, smell or look different than prescription drugs obtained at a pharmacy or from your physician.

“The reality is that there is no reliable way for the user or a peer to confirm what drug is actually being ingested,” said Staff Sergeant Rick Carey, Ottawa Police Drug Unit.

The Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the local Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force continue to encourage people who use drugs to know the risks associated with the consumption of illicit drugs and to seek assistance in managing their addictions. An overdose is considered a medical emergency and 9-1-1 should always be called for all suspected overdoses.

For more information on fentanyl, carfentanil and other illicit drugs, please visit This web resource also includes information on where to get help in Ottawa, tips for parents, local data on overdoses and drug use, and how to prevent overdoses.  

For more information on where to access naloxone user’s training programs, call the Drug and Alcohol Helpline at 1-800-565-8603. You can also consult the Ontario Poison Centre page on Opioid Overdose Management or call 1-800-268-9017. 

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