British Columbia has a serious fentanyl crisis that’s killing hundreds of people. In November we saw a record 128 overdose deaths in the province and on December 15th alone, 11 people died in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside in just one night.
The coroner called it a public health emergency months ago and now the police have indicated they’re trying to work to stop pill presses and shipments of fentanyl from entering the country from China.
The challenge? As little as 20-30 grams of fentanyl is sent in small mail packages some no bigger than a standard letter, and that 20-30 grams can be cut up into small amounts that can do incredible damage.
So the question is, what do we do about this problem?
Watch as I explain the problem and share my thoughts about the need to take a serious look at the negative consequences and impacts of deinstitutionalization of those with mental health problems that began in the 1960’s.
Politicians come up with bad ideas all the time, but I’ll show you an egregious example of politicians trying to do too much and actually endangering and jeopardizing public safety in the name of safe injection sites.
While I don’t think pop-up injection sites are the solution, I want to be compassionate as I know that just about everyone watching knows someone suffering from addiction or have a friend or family member affected by it in someway, and as taxpayers, we all pay for the added services needed to deal with this crisis.
Let me know if you think my idea of compassionate re-institutionalization is a legitimate idea going forward.