Officer who overdosed after touching fentanyl felt his body ’shutting down’ | CBC Radio
Officer who overdosed after touching fentanyl felt his body ’shutting down’ | CBC Radio
Elephant tranquiliser behind US drug death epidemic now hitting UK streets, police warn | The Independent
’It’s abominable’: Vancouver mayor reacts to overdose deaths - British Columbia - CBC News
“It’s abominable that with 100 overdose deaths already this year in Vancouver — almost half of 2016’s total — we have yet to see effective action from the provincial and federal governments on health care solutions that will stop the death toll in this #fentanyl crisis,” said Robertson [mayor of Vancouver] in a statement. (…) the B.C. government urgently needs to spend the $10 million received from the federal government before yet another hundred families are impacted by tragic preventable deaths," he said.
Robertson is calling on the B.C. Government to put $8 million into injectable therapies, like prescription heroin and hydromorphone, as well as mental health support for patients in Vancouver.
Flash - US communities crumbling under an evolving addiction crisis - France 24
Of the 2,900 babies born last year in Cabell County, West Virginia, 500 had to be weaned off of opioid dependence.
In Ohio, counties are renting refrigerated trailers to store the mounting number of bodies of drug overdose victims.
In New Hampshire, hospitals have so many overdose patients they have to treat them in operating rooms and neonatal nurseries.
And in Palm Beach County, Florida, where President Donald Trump spends his weekends, 10 people died of overdoses on Friday alone, likely from a batch of heroin tainted by #fentanyl, a powerful, synthetic opioid pain medication.
le rôle des #pharma :
How prescription opioid producers and distributors fed the crisis is made clear by previously unreleased US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) data reported in December by the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette-Mail.
It showed that from 2007 to 2012, those companies sold 780 million opioid painkillers in West Virginia, 421 extremely addictive pills for every man, woman and child in the poor eastern state.
Every state is feeling the impact.
This drug dealer’s heroin was so powerful that it led to 26 overdoses in a single day - The Washington Post
Bruce Lamar Griggs, 22, pleaded guilty on Monday to distribution of heroin, about six months after 26 people overdosed in Huntington, a city in the southwest corner of West Virginia. The 911 calls came within hours of one another, the majority of which concerned overdoses in and around one apartment complex.
Federal prosecutors say Griggs, known as “Benz” or “Ben,” admitted supplying heroin to all 26 people, who overdosed immediately after taking the drugs. Laboratory tests of blood and urine samples showed traces not only of heroin, but also of #fentanyl and #carfentanil
No longer ‘Mayberry’ : A small Ohio city fights an epidemic of self-destruction - The Washington Post
Residents often blame the drug problem on “the 23 pipeline,” a reference to Route 23. The highway brings in dealers from Columbus and Detroit to the north. To the south is Portsmouth, on the Ohio River. Once famous for shoe factories, Portsmouth is now better known as the setting of “Dreamland,” the acclaimed book by Sam Quinones that described how the proliferation of pain clinics (known as “pill mills”) helped create the opioid epidemic.
The fentanyl crisis is so deadly in Canada that even funeral directors need the antidote - The Washington Post
Many public servants who work at the forefront of the crisis — particularly police officers — have begun issuing naloxone nasal spray to front-line officers and support staff who might come in contact with the drug while responding to overdoses. In Vancouver, clandestine lab teams in hazmat suits that once specialized in dismantling crystal meth labs are now being called in to handle fentanyl seizures, the CBC reported. Several police officers in the region have suffered overdose symptoms when seizing fentanyl powder.
(…) such precautions are also being taken in far less expected realms in British Columbia, including funeral homes. The funeral association is urging funeral homes to obtain naloxone in part to protect the safety of embalmers, who often treat the bodies of drug overdose victims and could encounter a trace of a potentially lethal drug left undiscovered on a corpse or on personal items.
Additionally, Charlotte Poncelet, executive director of the British Columbia Funeral Association, told the Vancouver Sun that by having naloxone kits on hand in funeral homes, staff can be better prepared to assist in case a grieving funeral attendee overdoses during services.
Pills that kill: why are thousands dying from #fentanyl abuse? | Global | The Guardian
By the time the epidemic finally started to get public and political attention, more than two million Americans were addicted to opioid painkillers. Those who finally managed to shake off the drug often did so only at the cost of jobs, relationships and homes.
After the government finally began to curb painkiller prescriptions, making it more difficult for addicts to find the pills and forcing up black market prices, Mexican drug cartels stepped in to flood the US with the real thing – heroin – in quantities not seen since the 1970s. But, as profitable as the resurgence of heroin is to the cartels, it is labour intensive and time-consuming to grow and harvest poppies. Then there are the risks of smuggling bulky quantities of the drug into the US.
The ingredients for fentanyl, on the other hand, are openly available in China and easily imported ready for manufacture.
’Weapons-grade opioid’ carfentanil detected in Waterloo region, drug taskforce warns - Kitchener-Waterloo - CBC News
the #fentanyl wave has been coming into Ontario and this is just a part of that wave in our view," Larkin said in a phone interview during a break from a conference of Ontario police leaders in Barrie.
Often when people use drugs, “they do not know what they’re ingesting. This is a prime example,” he said.
“We look at the magnitude of the potential for serious injury and likely death when somebody uses #carfentanil unknowingly. That’s the challenge, is that people do not that they are ingesting this,”
Enlisting Beijing to help stop fentanyl exports won’t be easy - The Globe and Mail
For students of Chinese history, there’s irony in Canada’s demand on moral grounds that China suppress the export of a synthetic opioid.
(…) This history could explain the reported lack of enthusiasm by Chinese police to respond vigorously to Canada’s request that Beijing close down fentanyl production and export. China doesn’t have a significant fentanyl problem domestically. It deals with the problem by executing drug smugglers and dealers and by imprisoning illegal-drug users for a program of forced rehabilitation that they or their families pay for. In a police state that keeps close tabs on all citizens, this policy is relatively effective (although amphetamine abuse is increasing in Chinese cities, and heroin injection in the mountainous Golden Triangle border regions has led to something of a rural crisis of largely untreated HIV/AIDS cases).
Beijing is unlikely to aggressively suppress this lucrative export for the sake of international public interest alone. Undoubtedly China’s fentanyl manufacturers are already issuing the necessary bribes to keep their operations free from government harassment. Moreover, Chinese culture suggests police there are only likely to actively suppress fentanyl exports if Ottawa offers an incentive to do so. (...)
But another condition of this pact could be more co-operation with Chinese authorities tracking down Chinese nationals in Canada who Beijing wants to see returned to China.
’I’m smarter than they are’: Underground chemist says police losing fentanyl battle - British Columbia - CBC News
[the underground chemist Beeker] says police are far behind when it comes to tracking drugs throughout the province, and he says many local chemists are synthesizing drugs with materials ordered from China.
“I’m smarter than they are ... all of us chemists are smarter than the police, and we’re gonna stay ahead of them,” he coldly tells filmmaker Robert Osborne. "And if they find out one of the ones we are making, we’ll make a different one — and this will go on forever."
Recent news does seem to prove him right: even deadlier opioids have already hit the streets in Vancouver. #Carfentanil has turned up in several instances, according to Vancouver police — and it’s 100 times more potent than #fentanyl.
Deadly carfentanil worries health officials
“Fentanyl is soon to be obsolete. It’s just not going to be out there because there’s much more profitable drugs — it doesn’t matter about better or safer — much more profitable drugs and molecules are on the way,” Beeker says in the film.
“They’re in the mail right now.”
911 overdose calls break B.C. records, users ’going down everywhere’ - British Columbia - CBC News
Lubbers, who’s been using drugs for 12 years, says it “blew her mind” when half her usual dose of what she thought was heroin almost killed her.
“It’s crazy. It’s ridiculous. Everybody is dropping like flies,” said the 38-year-old regular on the Downtown Eastside.
Lubbers wants the government to do more to stem the crisis, saying she fears for her life, but can’t stop taking drugs.
“I don’t want to die. Not all of us junkies are out here to end our lives. Some of us are just sitting in purgatory waiting,” she said, adding she is trying to put her life back together.
"In the meantime we are just stuck addicted to something.
Overdoses aux Etats-Unis : les pratiques douteuses du laboratoire Insys
Alors que les décès suite à une overdose se banalisent aux Etats-Unis, le Wall Street Journal a publié cette semaine une enquête sur les pratiques peu scrupuleuses du laboratoire pharmaceutique Insys Therapeutics. Co-fondée par le milliardaire américano-indien John N. Kapoor, la société fait en sorte d’écouler toujours plus de boîtes de son produit phare : le #Subsys.
Prescrit comme anti-douleur aux personnes atteintes d’un cancer, ce spray contient du #fentanyl, un opioïde 100 fois plus puissant que la morphine. Problème, entre 2000 et 2014, sur le demi-million d’Américains ayant succombé à une overdose, 60% des cas étaient dus à une prise d’opioïdes, selon le centre de prévention des maladies américains (CDC). Le chanteur Prince fait partie des victimes. La star est décédé d’une overdose de fentanyl.
La situation sanitaire est édifiante et résulte des pratiques de laboratoires comme Insys.
En compilant des données gouvernementales et judiciaires, ainsi qu’après plusieurs entretiens, le Wall Street Journal a découvert que des médecins liés au laboratoire sont responsables de l’énorme volume de prescriptions de Subsys. En effet, parmi les 20 médecins ayant le plus prescrit ce médicament à des patients couverts par le Medicare en 2014, plus de la moitié fait partie de ceux qui ont reçu le plus d’argent de la part d’Insys, au titre de consultant notamment, selon le journal américain.
Certains ont déjà été rattrapés par la justice. En 2013, un neurologue du Michigan a rédigé des prescriptions de Subsys pour un coût de 6,4 millions de dollars au Medicare (l’assurance-santé américaine), faisant de lui le premier prescripteur du pays, avec un montant cinq fois plus élevé que le second. Ce même neurologue a reçu, de la part d’Insys, 90.000 dollars sur dix mois en nourriture, voyage et pour ses prestations lors de conférences. Le praticien a été arrêté en mai 2014 pour fraude au système de santé publique et distribution d’une substance contrôlée. Il a plaidé coupable ce mois de novembre, la sentence devrait être prononcée en février 2017.
Ce praticien n’est pas un cas isolé.