RCMP say Saskatchewan prison inmate survived incident involving carfentanil

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — RCMP say carfentanil was involved in an incident at a federal prison in Saskatchewan where an inmate was found unresponsive last month.

Mounties say it's the first time the extremely powerful opioid has been confirmed in Saskatchewan RCMP jurisdiction.

Police say the 22-year-old inmate at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert was administered the antidote naloxone and survived.

RCMP say Health Canada tests confirmed the presence of carfentanil in a substance from the incident on July 15. 

They say carfentanil is 100 times stronger than fentanyl and an amount weighing less than a grain of salt can kill someone.

Police don't say how the inmate came into contact with the drug but say the investigation is ongoing.

The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled carfentanil.

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