With files from Niamh Anderson
Police in Delta will hold ‘Fentanyl Forums’ later this week to help tackle the use of the drug in the community.
Earlier this month, police in Delta responded to nine drug overdoses within 20 minutes of each other, and all nine involved use of fentanyl.
Now the police are taking action. Sgt. Sarah Swallow says users don’t always know what they’re getting when buying drugs.
“The recreational users in our overdoses, I believe they were shocked it was in the cocaine they were using. This is what we hear from a lot of people, ‘well I’m not addicted, I use it as a party drug and therefore there is no way I’m going to get the fentanyl.’ And you know, a little bit of what we want to do is to get that message out there as well that it’s sort of in everything now.”
They’ll speak to the community in forums taking place on Sept. 14 and 15, informing the public about its dangers.
According to recent stats, opioid overdoses now kill more Canadians than car crashes.