Although typically used for medical purposes, opioids have ascended to new, threatening levels over the past few decades (resulting in the North American Opioid Crisis) and have started to evolve into even more dangerous forms than before. Besides the natural variety of opioids (including morphine), synthetic opioids like heroin and fentanyl have become the items of choice for drug dealers and their customers, who consume these deadly substances to achieve an overwhelming euphoria. Simply put, these drugs are highly addictive and can kickstart dependency almost immediately. So, imagine the horror of officials in Canada when they discovered a brand-new synthetic back in 2016. Let’s take a closer look at the dangerous opioid that is simply known as “W-18.”
Nature of the Beast
Canadian officials first discovered the drug in 2016, when police officers seized loads of the drug after it discovering it was linked to 200 deaths. What they did not know at the time, however, was that W-18 was developed years before this outbreak and was approved by officials in Canada and the United States. Initially, it was identified as a potential painkiller medication, but the true purpose of W-18 has still not been identified. Finally, in 2013, lawmakers identified W-19 as an illegal designer drug, which was marketed by drug dealers as a 100% legal alternative for other types of painkillers.
Back in 2017, authorities had not yet identified the true risk factors of W-18, making it an even more terrifying addition to the long lineup of opioids plaguing our nation and Canada’s provinces, but authorities had been taking the proper action prior to this time. In 2014, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) added this drug to the list of New Psychoactive Substances. Meanwhile, in 2016, the Canadian government issued an online notice that W-18 and all of its derivatives would be scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act. Nowadays, the “legal highs” of W-18 are still shrouded in mystery and terrify officials.
Seeking Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
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