Alerts

Toronto’s drug checking service develops and disseminates alerts on new or noteworthy drug trends presenting in Toronto’s unregulated drug supply to inform people who use drugs, as well as those who support and provide care for them.

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“Horse tranquilizer” circulating in Toronto’s unregulated drug supply: Xylazine

Between October 2 and 22, 2020, xylazine, a tranquilizer approved only for use on animals, was found in 12% of the expected fentanyl samples checked by Toronto’s drug checking service (11 of 90 samples). Xylazine was found alongside fentanyl and fentanyl-related drugs, caffeine, etizolam (benzodiazepine-related), Benadryl, and other opioids and opioid-related drugs, like heroin, hydromorphone, and furanyl UF-17.

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Synthetic cannabinoid circulating in Toronto’s unregulated drug supply: AMB-FUBINACA

Between September 18 and October 13, 2020, a synthetic cannabinoid, AMB-FUBINACA, was found in 6% of the expected fentanyl samples checked by Toronto’s drug checking service (7 of 118 samples). AMB-FUBINACA was found in trace amounts (less than 2% of drugs found), alongside fentanyl, caffeine, heroin, and other fentanyl-related drugs.

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Carfentanil circulating in Toronto’s unregulated drug supply

Between September 9 and 17, 2020, carfentanil was found in 11% of the expected fentanyl samples checked by Toronto’s drug checking service (4 of 36 samples). Carfentanil was found in trace amounts, alongside fentanyl, caffeine, etizolam (benzodiazepine-related), and trace amounts of other fentanyl-related drugs.

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“New” synthetic cannabinoid found in opioid samples: ACHMINACA

Between May 20 and June 5, 2020, a synthetic cannabinoid we haven’t seen before was found in 30% (9) of the opioid samples checked by Toronto’s drug checking service. This synthetic cannabinoid is known as ACHMINACA and was found in trace amounts, alongside fentanyl and heroin.

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