Highlights/fentanyl

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Fentanyl sending B.C. overdoses over the top

Despite a public health emergency declared earlier this year, fatal drug overdoses in British Columbia are increasing at an alarming rate. B.C. Coroner’s Office statistics released Wednesday show 371 people overdosed in the first six months of 2016. That’s a» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Who’s at highest risk of death from overdose?

People who have experienced a drug overdose are more likely to later die from an overdose. And the more times a person overdoses, the more likely he or she will die from one, according to new research from the BC» 

Health, Society

Police warn against deadly new street drug W-18

W-18 is a synthetic opioid considered to be 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 time stronger than fentanyl—a street drug which caused about 270 overdose deaths last year in the province of Alberta alone. The deaths are occurring» 

Health, Society

Public health emergency declared over drug deaths

Increasing drug overdoses and deaths have prompted the government of the western province of British Columbia to declare a public health emergency. The province recorded 474 drug-related deaths in 2015. That was an increase of 30 per cent over the» 

Health, Society

Spiking fentanyl deaths prompt antidote programs

Another province is launching a pilot program to provide antidote kits in hopes of reducing the number of deaths caused by the illegal use of the opioid fentanyl. The western province of Saskatchewan will provide a take-home kit containing naloxone,»