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Mother of Winnipeg overdose victim pleads for action on opioids

Arlene Last-Kolb says people need to become more aware of the dangers of opioids and how even a small amount can be fatal


 
Fentanyl pills are shown in a handout photo. Police say organized crime groups have been sending a potentially deadly drug through British Columbia to Alberta and Saskatchewan using hidden compartments in vehicles. (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams/CP)

Fentanyl pills are shown in a handout photo. Police say organized crime groups have been sending a potentially deadly drug through British Columbia to Alberta and Saskatchewan using hidden compartments in vehicles. (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams/CP)

WINNIPEG — Police in Winnipeg are warning of a growing drug problem that they say is spreading across Canada.

Officers recently raided a hotel in the city’s west end and seized 1,477 doses of carfentanil — a synthetic drug 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.

Deputy police Chief Danny Smyth says Winnipeg is seeing problems similar to cities such as Vancouver and Calgary, where larger doses of the emerging drug have been seized.

Carfentanil was developed to sedate large animals, such as elephants, and is often mixed with other drugs such as cocaine and crystal meth.

A Winnipeg mother whose son died of a fentanyl overdose two years ago says that could happen to anyone.

Arlene Last-Kolb says people need to become more aware of the dangers of opioids and how even a small amount can be fatal.


 
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Mother of Winnipeg overdose victim pleads for action on opioids

  1. Sorry to say but it is also irresponsible to dismiss the people who have been on opiods for health reasons and that they are the only thing that gives them any quality of life. In Nova Scotia it i was treated like a druggie or criminal when my doctor retired and i had to get a new one. I have severe anklosing spondylitis and have been on opiods since 1998. When you need them for your health and are reponsible and have a clear history wr should not be treated this way. This is becoming a witch hunt even for those of us that need them to have any quality of life! While i agree their has to be action to prevent deaths the docus should be on ILLEGAL drugs coming into the country not the legal medically necessary prescribing of them. We already jump through hoops in NS and do not need even more regulation!

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