No Documented Canadian Cases of Cannabis Laced with Opioids: Ontario Harm Reduction Network

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Thunder Bay No documented Canadian cases of cannabis laced with opioids: Ontario Harm Reduction Network Social Sharing Facebook Twitter Email Reddit LinkedIn CBC News There are no documented, lab-confirmed cases of cannabis containing opioids being found in Canada, the Ontario Harm Reduction Network said. (Kate Dubinski/CBC News)

Despite the discovery of a “product resembling cannabis” that was actually carfentanil, there are no documented cases of opioids being found in marijuana in Canada, according to the Ontario Harm Reduction Network (OHRN).

Some public health organizations and police forces have issued the warnings after the substance — which, despite looking like cannabis from a distance, actually contains no marijuana — was discovered in southern Ontario.

However, Thunder Bay Drug Strategy coodinator Cynthia Olsen said the OHRN has issued a statement about the substance out of concern that the warnings are giving the impression that cannabis containing opioids has been found in Canada.

That has not been the case, Olsen said.

“The messaging isn’t that cannabis is being laced or cut [with opioids], or that there’s a toxic supply of cannabis,” she said. “It’s clear that the substance isn’t cannabis.”

The substance, which has been found in Tecumseh, as well as in the United States, may resemble cannabis when viewed from a distance, or via photos, Olsen said.

However, according to the OHRN, when seen in-person, it’s easy to tell the substance isn’t actually cannabis.

“It actually had no resemblance to cannabis … by its weight, or by its scent, or by its texture,” Olsen said. “There was no indication that that substance was being marketed or sold as cannabis.”

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