“More than 900 people died in British Columbia last year from illicit drug overdoses, but the provincial health minister says the toll could have been far higher and he warned the federal government Wednesday the epidemic is spreading across Canada. The arrival of the powerful opioid fentanyl pushed the provincial death toll to a new peak of 914 overdose deaths in 2016. The BC Coroners Service reported the figure is almost 80 per cent higher than the 510 deaths due to illicit drugs in 2015. Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said December was the worst month at 142 deaths, the highest monthly death total ever. “The introduction of fentanyl to our province is a game-changer,” Lapointe told a news conference. “We’ve now got this contaminant in the illicit drug system that is not manageable.”
“The coroner’s service said fatalities aren’t just happening among those who use opioid drugs, such as heroin. “Cocaine and methamphetamines are also being found in a higher percentages of fentanyl-detected deaths in 2016,” Lapointe said. People aged 30 to 49 accounted for the largest percentage of overdose deaths last year, and males accounted for more than 80 per cent of the overall toll. Dr. Perry Kendall, the province’s chief medical health officer, said the number of deaths is difficult to confront. This was unexpected and disheartening,” he said. “We still have not as yet been able to reverse the trend. This is frankly a North America-wide problem.”
"Canada is the No. 2 user of opiates in the world next to the U.S., so there’s a lot of prescription opioids out there in the market." Donald MacPherson, executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition.
FYI: Canada has a population of 36 million compared to approximately 320 million for the USA.
Meanwhile back at the Aberdeen Proving Ground…
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory along with its commercial partners recently tested a flying quadcopter.
Woman Tries to Stab Rochester NY Taxi Driver with Ice Pick - Driver Pulls Gun
Taxi driver uses legal gun to defend against ice pick attack
by Jane Flasch, WHAM
Gates, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Rochester taxi driver says he was forced to pull a gun to protect him from a passenger who tried to attack him with an ice pick.
"I believe she would have killed me had if i had been close enough to her," said Collin Green, the man who drove the taxi.
According to Gates Police, 39-year-old Katrina Green has was charged with menacing and other violations Monday night. She shares the same name with the taxi driver, but they are not related.
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