It’s in the news almost every day somewhere in B.C.
It’s there because it’s deadly and is killing people, young people in particularly , in staggering numbers.
Fentanyl has been around for a very long time and Jordan Davis, the harm reduction coordinator with the Williams Lake Boys and Girls Club explains what it is, “Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate and it’s been around for a really long time. It’s used in the treatment of acute pain management.”
Fentanyl is not used as much as other opiates because it is 50 to 100 times more potent that other drugs.
Davis adds what we are seeing now however isn’t the pharmaceutical variety “we’re finding it on the street, most of it’s coming in from China, into Vancouver. Because it’s cheap and it’s very unregulated a lot of it is a lot stronger that the pharmaceutical version and it’s being cut into a lot of other drugs.”
So tonight at 7 at Williams Lake City Hall, there is a round table discussion to help the community understand what it is and what it is doing.
Tonight’s forum is being brought to you in part by The Goat Cariboo Radio and the doors open at 6:30.