There are reports Hamilton Police were aware of a new deadly form of Fentanyl circulating in the city well before the public, or even Public Health Services, was made aware of the situation.
Hamilton Police said earlier this week that test results on a small vial of milky liquid seized in a drug raid in May came back recently confirming it was liquid Fentanyl.
The Spectator is reporting that Health Canada says its report was sent to Hamilton Police on July 12.
Health Canada says as little as two milligrams of the liquid, the equivalent of 32 grains of salt, can be enough to kill.
It can be easily absorbed through the skin and is of such concern police are using special precautions when handling the drug to avoid any chance of contact.
Hamilton Public Health Services was only made aware of the presence of the drug Wednesday, just before the police news release went out.
Drug Unit Detective Adam Brown says local police are working with the RCMP and other partners across the country to track down the source of the drug.
Brown says this is a progression of the opioid problem, adding the discovery of the liquid is considered a “game changer.”