New street drug W-18

W-18

A new street drug called W-18, which surfaced in North America last year, has now been detected in Australia according to The Australian Crime Commission.

Experts warn that the synthetic opioid is extremely potent and a cause for concern on a number of fronts.

So far, however, Drug Trends researcher Joe Van Buskirk says monitoring of the dark web doesn’t indicate a big uptake in Australia despite it being accessible for some time online.

"It's certainly available for Australian consumers to order but we've never really seen a big uptake of any of the new opioids in Australia with consumers seeming to prefer to the more traditional licit and illicit opioids."