Woman in her 20s killed by fentanyl-laced cannabis

Published on March 1, 2021 by oz. staff

A woman in her 20s died last week after using an illicit cannabis product laced with fentanyl.

The province of Prince Edward Island issued a warning about the presence of fentanyl in an illicit cannabis product following a coroner’s report on the death.

Anyone consuming cannabis should ensure it comes from a safe source, say officials.

PEI’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison says a cannabis product was mixed with fentanyl, methamphetamine, and W-18 (a synthetic drug) to deadly effect.

They didn’t specify exactly what kind of product it was—though did specifically caution people to stay away from any drug in pill or powdered form.

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid — 50-100 times stronger than morphine.

It’s caused an overdose crisis across Canada, that has hit Vancouver and other parts of BC particularly hard.

W-18 is an illegal drug similar to carfentanil that is reported to be as much as 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.

Dr. Morrison advised carrying naloxone.