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Unread 09-17-2016, 11:38 PM   #1
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Fentanyl epidemic in street drugs

...is this happening in anyone elses town, or is this just a crazy Vancouver thing? It's got to the point where paramedics are carrying Naloxone and the BC Ministry of Health is even training non-paramedics to use Naloxone kits.

(Fentanyl is an opioid narcotic that is something like 100x more potent than morphine, such that a microscopic amount tainting something like an ecstasy pill could easily kill a person)

Fentanyl overdoses spike among recreational drug users in B.C. - British Columbia - CBC News

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Unread 09-18-2016, 07:45 AM   #2
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The US is getting slammed by it, too. My area that I work is seeing an increase in overdoses -- it's been crazy. Word is that some people are going beyond fentanyl and lacing their heroin with elephant tranquilizer. It's just a whole level of bad.
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This sounds pretty scary.

Why do people experiment with these types of drugs? Is this much cheaper to use?
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It's terrifying. Some of my friends who are into the 'alt-scene' (not sure what else to call it?) who might be prone to use party drugs have been taking advantage of the free Naloxone kit training that the government is now offering to anyone who has regular contact with drug users, because Fentanyl is in everything.

I have no idea why a street drug dealer would be cutting his product with Fentanyl, because it's just as likely to kill the end user as get them high.

ETA: this article says it's because Fentanyl in particular is very easy to synthesize from common, OTC drugs.
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It's terrifying. Some of my friends who are into the 'alt-scene' (not sure what else to call it?) who might be prone to use party drugs have been taking advantage of the free Naloxone kit training that the government is now offering to anyone who has regular contact with drug users, because Fentanyl is in everything.

I have no idea why a street drug dealer would be cutting his product with Fentanyl, because it's just as likely to kill the end user as get them high.

ETA: this article says it's because Fentanyl in particular is very easy to synthesize from common, OTC drugs.
Another good reason to legalise drugs, maybe?

If there is regulation, perhaps stuff wouldn't br laced with such a disturbingly nasty drug...
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