|Calgary saw 272 fentanyl-related deaths in 2015. In August, city police seized 100 tablets of what they thought were fentanyl. When samples they sent to Health Canada for tests came back, cops learned three contained an even more potent compound known now as W-18.|
It was the first appearance of W-18 in this country since its birth in an Edmonton lab more than 30 years ago.
|In 1982 researchers at Edmonton’s University of Alberta were researching compounds with painkilling potential. In the end the project was shelved, and about 30 compound recipes sat dormant until the patents expired. This is exactly what Chinese chemists were seeking — a cheap high. This is how new synthetic drugs coming from China are born.|
They did stimulants and amphetamines and ecstasy and now they have started to go into opiate-based drugs. Recently found and re-purposed by a Chinese chemist, W-18 showed up in Europe in 2013 and Sweden in 2014.