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Fentanyl overdoses on the rise in BC

Fentanyl deaths have spiked throughout the province.

The synthetic opiate is 50 to 100 times more powerful than other narcotics.

The Vancouver Police, the RCMP and a number of health authorities in BC are teaming up to increase awareness.

The BC Coroners Service says there were over 300 drug deaths in 2014 and fentanyl was detected in 25% of the deaths.

In 2012, it was detected in only 5% of drug deaths.

In the north, Prince George and Fort St. John have had high numbers of fentanyl overdoses.

Dr. Charl Badenhorst is the Medical Health Officer for Northeast BC.

He says many people become addicted by starting with gateway drugs, recreational party use, or what he sees most often in his clinic, through prescription pills.

The economics of the north also put many young people at risk.

He believes that harm reduction policies are the best to keep people alive, and to help them recover from addiction.

While Badenhorst strongly encourages people not to use illicit drugs, he says it’s human nature to experiment.

More information can be found at www.knowyoursource.ca.

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