Monthly Archives: June 2016

Fentanyl crisis on the news

Fentanyl overdose calls plague fire crews in record-busy May Nearly 1,000 emergency calls were handled by a single fire hall last month, and officials say fentanyl is partially to blame. Vancouver Fire Hall 2 responded to 943 calls in May, breaking a record for most 911 calls in one month. “The call volume is getting to levels that are unheard of,” Robert Weeks, president of the Vancouver Firefighters Association, told CTV News. “If this continues, and we expect it to continue, (the call volume) is more than a lot of municipalities have in their whole fire service, in all their fire halls.” Source: First responders struggle to get a grip on fentanyl Paramedics, police officers, fire fighters gather in Victoria to discuss the death-dealing opiod ….. British Columbia’s first responders are struggling to deal with the ‘crisis situation’ that has developed since the arrival of fentanyl. The greatest challenge facing paramedics, police officers and fire crew is understanding how to deal with a drug that can be almost as deadly for the person handling it, as it is for the user. ….. One of the major concerns is skin contact with fentanyl. First responders are being advised to wear […]

VPD is asking parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of fentanyl

The Vancouver Police Department is asking parents to speak with their children about the dangers of fentanyl. Chief Constable Adam Palmer believes parents and caregivers have an important influence on their children’s lives, and that these kinds of conversations could make all the difference when teens are faced with difficult decisions. Original story:….. Letter to parents from Chief Constable Adam Palmer: Dear Parents and Caregivers, We need your help. Many of you have probably heard about the rise in overdose deaths related to fentanyl throughout B.C. A large number of people who have died were not even aware they were taking fentanyl – you can’t smell it, taste it or see it. These were not hardened drug addicts, either – they were recreational drug users, youth, and business professionals. We are starting to see an increase in fentanyl use and overdoses in our youth, and we are very concerned. Fentanyl can be 40 to 50 times more toxic than heroin. Many teens seem to feel invincible and believe terrible things only happen to other people, which can make it a challenge for them to hear the safety message we’re trying to share. We believe that parents and caregivers have an […]