07/27/2011 11:00 EDT | Updated 09/26/2011 05:12 EDT

Fentanyl, Drug 6,000 Times Stronger Than Morphine, Found In Surrey, B.C. Drug Lab

SURREY, B.C. - The RCMP say they've discovered a drug lab in Surrey, B.C., that was the first of its kind in Canada, making a substance that can be 6,000 times stronger than morphine when in its pure form.

Police say the drug Fentanyl has similar effects to heroin and can be smoked, injected, taken orally or even through contact with the skin.

Because the drug is so potent, investigators dismantling the lab in a townhouse garage have to wear fully-sealed body suits to make sure no particles are inhaled or come into contact with their skin.

Police were first called to the townhouse complex on Saturday after paramedics found a 30-year-old man apparently suffering from a drug overdose.

That man was revived and is being treated in hospital, and he's expected to face drug charges.

Police say he's not believed to have any connections to organized crime.