The opioid crisis in Canada is surging as seven more people died of a suspected overdose in Vancouver about a couple of weeks ago. According to the local health officials, in Vancouver, more than 265 individuals died of a suspected overdose in Vancouver in 2018, reaching the same total as in 2017 when 266 people were victims of the opioids between January and late-August.
Additionally, the authorities also warned that coroners detected fentanyl in about 81% of the OD cases. Fentanyl is commonly used by supplier and drug dealers to cut the drugs like meth, cocaine, and heroin. Besides, just before these seven more deaths occurred, the Vancouver Coastal Health released a warning that the specialists identified Carfentanil in local street drugs.
Carfentanil is a very potent, opioid-based synthetic tranquilizer commonly used on elephants and other large animals. Carfentanil is about 10,000 times stronger than morphine and by between 50 and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. That means more dangerous drugs are now on the streets, boosting the opioid crisis in Canada to new levels.
Opioid crisis in Canada is far from slowing down, according to latest reports
According to the most recent announcements made by officials, seven more death linked to opioid overdoses occurred in Vancouver, surging the death toll to 265 for 2018. However, the toxicology reports on these latest cases are not yet finished and the overdose cases number needs confirmation from the BC Coroners Service.
“With the crisis showing no sign of slowing down, the city welcomes this month’s agreement by the federal and provincial governments to invest more than $70 million to improve and increase access to quality treatment services for substance use disorder,” stated the Vancouver officials in a press release.
The officials also announced that the city of Vancouver is putting up significant efforts and work with its partners to reduce a part of the opioid crisis in Canada, “helping society understand that addiction is a public health issue while addressing the root causes of substance use such as trauma and mental health issues,” as they said.