The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) is warning a high potency synthetic opioid, known as N-Pyrrolidino Etonitazene (2-(4-ethoxybenzyl)-5-nitro-1-(2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl) ethyl)-1Hbenzo[d]imidazole) is present in Saskatoon. The deadly drug is in an orange powder/and or grainy substance.
The CPSS is concerned about this new street drug for a few reasons:
• This substance is newly encountered in the community and is known to be associated with
overdoses and deaths.
• This substance may be presented as a new form that individuals may be unaware they are
• The substance may also represent a threat to anyone handling it without taking the appropriate health and safety precautions.
The drug is a synthetic opioid which is 10-20 times more potent than fentanyl. Etonitazene produces effects similar to other opioids including euphoria, sedation, and respiratory depression. There is a significant risk of overdose due to its potency which may require greater than normal doses of naloxone in the event of an overdose.
Currently, it is unknown if N-Pyrrolidino Etonitazene is circulating in Saskatchewan outside of the Saskatoon area but there have been reports in other provinces.
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