W-18: A powerful white powder being shipped from China may be more deadly than heroin! In the 1980s, scientists at the University of Alberta developed W-18, a synthetic opiate that produces a high like heroin. W-18 is 100 times stronger than Fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than Morphine; it was developed as a potential painkiller, there are 32 strains in the W series, W-18 is the strongest. No tests are available to detect the presence of W-18 in blood or urine.
Canada and the US Seize Analog Killers!
In March, a convicted Florida drug dealer who had been importing Fentanyl also had 2.5 pounds of W-18 according to reports by the Sun Sentinel. W-18 isn’t even illegal as of yet! There have been two significant seizures of W-18 in Canada within the last year. It is believed that labs in China are shipping the drug to North America via services like FedEx.
There are No Tests Available for W-18
The rising death tolls in Canada and the United States from Opiate overdoses may well involve W-18, at least in part, often an analog is mixed with heroin. The cause of a person’s death may say heroin overdose; however, there are usually other analogs mixed in. In the case of W-18, it can’t be tested for; there are no tests.
Americans Need to Brace Themselves; W-18 has Reached Our Shores
Drug experts are saying that it’s time for Americans to brace themselves for a wave of this new and powerful synthetic opiate drug flooding the streets, it has already reached South Florida. These synthetic drugs are invented when chemists swap out a few of the drug's molecules, by doing this, they create “analogs” or new drugs similar to the drugs that are known, but with a different chemical structure which is technically not illegal. A designer drug is an analog of a controlled substance that is structural or functional, designed to imitate the pharmacological effects of the genuine drug, and avoid classification as illicit and detection during standard drug screening.
Do Analogs Increase the Overdose Rate?
The thinking has been that Fentanyl analogs have been increasing the overdose rate of heroin users for some time If heroin is mixed with an analog, heroin just becomes an easy cause of death for the ME to write down. Who knows, maybe W-18 is responsible for more deaths in our Nation’s opioid epidemic already than we could ever imagine? If law enforcement caught one shipment, how many shipments made it through onto our streets? It’s a scary thought either way; think about it!
Heroin a Co-defendant at Best!
If we were conducting a murder trial, Heroin would probably be a co-defendant at best. Analogs play a much bigger part in America’s “Drug Epidemic” than most people think they do. I know other people in the treatment industry that have been saying the same thing all along. The bottom line is that analogs are here, they are powerful, and they kill. Anyone who buys illicit drugs on the street has to know that they are rolling the dice with their very life with every illegal drug that they swallow, smoke, snort, or inject.
W-18 & W-15 Be Aware
In 1981 three chemists at the University of Alberta, two professors Edward Knaus, Theodore Ondrus, and a student, Brent Warren invented a compound. The compound does not have fully characterized toxicity; however, its potency demonstrated during research on lab animals certainly show potential for fatal abuse by humans. There were thirty-two strains in the W series; W-18 was by far the most powerful, W-15 while not as powerful is a compound that drug users also seek. There are no tests available to check for the use of these compounds. These compounds come in a white powder form and can be made into pills. W-18 is a U-opioid agonist with a chemical structure that is distinctive; it does not seem to be a close relative to any other of the established lineage of opioid pharmaceuticals. The compound demonstrated to be ten thousand times stronger than morphine in animal studies; however, because of the drugs structural differences from other opioids, it would be challenging to show any substantial structural similarity to any controlled substance. These facts would make it most likely that W-18 is not illicit at present; however, it is illegal in Sweden.
W-18 Potential for Severe Overdose Risk
US Patent (US4468403) W-18: (1-(4-Nitrophenylethyl) piperidylidene-2-(4-chlorophenyl) sulfonamide, the very high analgesic potency of W-18 suggests that there is a severe potential for overdose risk. To date, there have been no published studies regarding the toxicity of the compound. There is also concern about bioavailability, half-life, tolerance, and the onset of effects; these can lead users to blindly experiment with the compound. There have not been any tests to see if naloxone would be effective against W-18.
Drug Users Seek W-15 Also
W-15 is claimed to be 5.4 times the potency of morphine and also has a distinct chemical structure unrelated to other opioid compounds. W-15 is not as popular as its much more powerful brother W-18; however, you will see it listed on drug research sites.
Chinese Labs Producing W-18 and Shipping the Compound to Other Nations
According to officials, it is believed that W18 is being produced in labs in China and shipped to other countries via services such as FedEx. The rising death tolls from overdoses in Canada and the United States are an indication that we already have a significant problem with analog drugs. It’s not likely that it’s just heroin that is claiming all of the lives, it is much more likely that it is heroin cut with Fentanyl, W-18, and other powerful analog drugs. Substance abusers who buy illicit drugs on the street today are indeed rolling the dice with their lives more than ever every time they use drugs. They may be getting what they asked for, or they may be getting something as much as ten-thousand times more powerful that will kill them in a matter of seconds!
What the Traffickers Are Saying
In a recent television interview, known drug traffickers from Mexico claimed that they can’t even sell regular heroin at this point. Heroin has to have other more powerful chemicals mixed in, or customers don’t want to buy it. They say that the chemical of choice is Fentanyl; they mix a measured amount into every batch of heroin before transporting it.