Highlights/fentanyl

Health, Society

Prison guards’ union demands protection from fentanyl

On May 24, 2019, two prison guards were affected by the potent opioid fentanyl when dealing with three inmates in apparent distress at jail in the province of Ontario. The guards felt unwell and were successfully treated in hospital. The» 

Health, International, Society

RCMP reviewing how it handles fentanyl

Canada’s national police force is reviewing how its members should handle fentanyl. There had been fears that officers faced high risk when dealing with the drug. However, new research suggests that they are not likely to overdose on the drug» 

Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Canada: study looks at opioid use in light of health crisis

Canada is experiencing an opioid crisis. There have been many deaths due to overdoses, usually from street drugs, but also prescription drugs. A new study released this week says there’s been a 54 per cent increase in opioid poisonings/overdoses  in» 

Health

Prison guards exposed to fentanyl overdose

CBC reports that seven prison guards in Alberta province have been exposed to the deadly drug fentanyl in the past three weeks and three had to be hospitalized. They survived but the union representing the guards is worried a guard» 

Health, Society

Police warn fake pills contain deadly fentanyl

As if Canada’s drug overdose crisis were not bad enough, police in the tiny province of Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) are warning there are fake prescription drugs being sold on the streets that contain the dangerous opiate fentanyl. Fentanyl is» 

Society

Baby present during alleged drug deal

As if Canada’s drug problem was not bad enough, today came news that a baby was in a car with two people who were allegedly making a drug deal. Police told Canadian Press officers were conducting an ongoing investigation in» 

Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Extremely deadly opioid willingly exported by Chinese companies

There has been a rash of deaths across Canada and thousands worldwide as the extremely powerful synthetic opioid, fentanyl, has made its way into street drugs. Fentanyl can be up to 50 times stronger than heroin. Recently an even deadlier» 

Health, Society

Street drugs ‘never more scary,’ says doctor

Health officials in the western city of Vancouver have found that 86 per cent of street drugs brought to a safe injection facility tested positive for fentanyl, a drug responsible for hundreds of fatal overdoses. Fentanyl is said to be» 

Economy, Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Fears of a fentanyl crisis grow in Ontario

There are growing fears that a fentanyl crisis, already rampant in British Columbia and expanding fast in Alberta, is about to strike Ontario, Canada’s most populous province. Fentanyl is the extremely powerful synthetic opioid that has become a lucrative source» 

Health, Society

Rehab too costly, teen dies of suspected overdose

Canada may be a wealthy country, but the waits are often long for those seeking public services to cope with addictions. This is at the heart of the story about 16-year-old Gwynevere Staddon who was found dead Sunday evening in»