These tablets mimic the appearance of oxycodone, when in reality they instead contain protonitazepyne, an opioid 25 times more potent than fentanyl,
In Quebec, this synthetic opioid was detected for the first time in the vicinity of Montreal at the beginning of 2024. The tablets identified by health authorities are green in color with the writing “80/OP”.
As these tablets are purchased on the black market, buyers are unaware that their tablets contain protonitazepyne, which increases the risk of overdose.
How to recognize an overdose and administer naloxone
The potency of this opioid is such that several doses of naloxone – a drug that helps counteract the effects of an overdose – must be administered to people who have consumed it. Protonitazepyne is not detected by fentanyl detection strips.
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Name : Protonitazepyne
Type: Synthetic opioid
Effects: Feelings of euphoria, confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting.
Overdose: Slow and weak breathing, loss of consciousness, respiratory depression which can lead to respiratory arrest and death.
Source: Integrated university health and social services of the Capitale-Nationale.
Authorities are asking consumers to be careful. Reducing the doses consumed, obtaining Naloxone, avoiding mixtures and consuming alone are some of the practices to adopt.
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