Police and health experts are issuing an urgent warning after the deadly drug Carfentanyl was detected in Queensland.
The synthetic based drug is based on Fentanyl but is significantly more potent, with fears anyone who takes or comes into contact with the drug risks death.
The drug is commonly used as a tranquiliser for large animals including elephants and even the smallest of doses for humans is extremely lethal.
Minister for Police Mark Ryan said the drug was intercepted by the Australian Border Force at a Brisbane mail centre and tested positive as Carfentanyl.
"I am advised that Carfentanyl is a highly toxic and potent drug, with a 0.002mg dose enough to kill a person," Minister Ryan said.
“The fact that this illegal drug has been located in Queensland is very concerning and together with the police, we are urging people to not take any risks at all with this illicit drug."
This substance is roughly 10,000 times more potent than morphine.
“We are very concerned to see this drug in Queensland. Because of its capacity to cause death, it is important we get the message out as soon as possible to the community,” Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the QPS Drug and Serious Crime Group said.
“Make no mistake, these are not party drugs. These are dangerous drugs and it’s not a matter of if it will kill you. This drug will kill you."
While the drug has been reported in the US it is relatively new in Australia, with one other confirmed detection in Sydney by the ABF in December 2016.