“It’s turned up in pills that are being sold as MDMA or methamphetamine.”
Three overdoses resulting in the deaths of two people in Metro Vancouver over the long weekend is renewing concerns from the Provincial Health Officer.
It’s a wake up call for anyone who’s dabbled in recreational drugs: Know what you’re buying, and don’t use them alone.
Dr. Perry Kendall can’t explain “why” it’s being done, but says people are buying party drugs and getting fentanyl instead, a synthetic drug more potent and deadly.
He adds right now recreational drug users should be exercising extreme caution when buying on the street.
“Ideally you shouldn’t be using these because you’re buying these drugs off the streets and you really have no idea what’s in them or what the dosage is. If you’re still going to do that, try and find a reliable source.”
A 17-year-old teenager in Vancouver and a 31-year-old from North Vancouver both died over the weekend after experiencing an overdose linked to fentanyl.
“He was… He had so much to live for.”
News of the three fentanyl overdoses reverberated all the way in Saskatchewan, where a women in Melfort lost her grandson to a similar ordeal last month.
Like a handful of overdoses across Metro Vancouver, Jean Canning says 23-year-old Waylon Canning thought he was getting fake Oxycontin.
“I will never understand why he took those pills because he wasn’t a drug addict, he had a good job, he had everything going for him… I will just… never understand that.”
Canning says given its lethal nature, traffickers found selling fentanyl-laced drugs should be tried for attempted murder.