FREDERICTON (GNB) – The acting chief medical officer of Health is warning the public about the deadly drug carfentanil.

“The emergence of carfentanil now in the illegal drug market in New Brunswick is a major concern,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell.

A toxicology report revealed carfentanil was found in the system of an individual who died recently in southern New Brunswick. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid about 100 times more powerful than fentanyl or 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.

“What makes it so dangerous is people do not know it’s in there (street drugs),” said Russell. You cannot detect it by sight or smell or taste. There are no tell-tale signs.”

Twenty-five deaths due to any type of drug (opioids and non-opioids) occurred between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2017. Of these, 17 were related to opioids.

If you suspect that an overdose has taken place, call 9-1-1 for medical assistance.