With the rise of opiate use and overdose deaths in recent years, fentanyl has become a familiar word in Canadian households. In Ontario, fentanyl now kills twice as many people as heroin.
On Wednesday, statistics from the B.C. Coroner’s office showed that 371 people had overdosed in B.C. in the first half of 2016, and that fentanyl played a role in 60 per cent of those deaths. Earlier this month, a health unit near Ottawa warned that fentanyl is being cut into cocaine, causing overdose deaths in recreational cocaine users who don’t even realize they’ve used fentanyl.
Read more about the affects of fentanyl in this article, Fentanyl: The king of all opiates, and a killer drug crisis.