Yesterday, August 31, was the 15th International Overdose Awareness Day. The worldwide harm reduction movement used the occasion to warn that only the widespread adoption of evidence-based strategies—particularly supervised safe injection facilities—will stem the growing global epidemic of overdose deaths caused by the cheap and ultra-powerful opioid painkiller fentanyl.
What advocates of harm reduction are not warning us about just yet are the eight or nine other synthetic drugs—many of them refinements of fentanyl and almost all of them significantly more potent (or toxic, if you will)—that are just beginning to make their presence felt in street drugs.
For the moment at least, it’s enough to know that fentanyl-related drug overdoses and overdose deaths are on the rise all over the world, including here in British Columbia and that the situation will almost certainly get much worse before it gets better.
And, simply put, when harm reduction advocates say…
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