PEI reports woman died after consuming weed product mixed with fatal substances

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PEI’s chief public health officer is sounding the alarm following an accidental overdose death involving a woman in her 20s who consumed a cannabis product containing fentanyl, methamphetamine and the synthetic drug W-18. Dr. Heather Morrison issued an alert about the product being in PEI late Friday after being informed by the coroner, notes a statement from the province’s Department of Health and Wellness . Investigations are continuing. Dr. Morrison emphasized that anyone using street drugs should try to reduce risks by always having on hand a naloxone kit and telling others it is available free of charge through the Needle Exchange Program, by visiting a program site or as a client of mental health and addiction programs, as well as select community groups. How weed can kill you Canadian study finds almost half of medical cannabis users with chronic pain stopped using opioids B.C. patients with opioid use disorder who tested positive for THC had reduced fentanyl exposure risk The advice applies whether the person is using opioids or “any drug in pill or powdered form,” the chief public health officer makes clear. Anyone consuming weed should ensure that it comes from a safe source, the statement adds. Both fentanyl and the illegal W-18 can be deadly. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine , the health department reports, while W-18 is “similar to carfentanil that is reported to be as much as 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.” In 2020, PEI witnessed 17 accidental opioid-related overdoses, nine of which involved fentanyl (compared to five and one, respectively, in 2019 and 24 and zero, respectively, in 2018). With regard to fatal overdoses, there were six opioid-related deaths last year, three of which involved fentanyl. In central Canada, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 1,106 opioid-related overdose…

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