9 Deaths in Vancouver and 13 Province wide in One Day
In the wake of the Fentanyl crisis gripping Vancouver and the province, Celebrities Nightclub will be hosting a Narcan Training and Overdose Prevention Workshop for venue operators, staff, promoters, community members and the general public.
Where: Celebrities Night Club 1022 Davie Street
When: Saturday December 17th, 5pm to 7 pm
Space is limited, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on Narcan training at Celebrities follow on Facebook here.
On Thursday, December 15th, 9 people died from overdose in Vancouver and it has been reported 13 across the province. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said it was “desperate times” and Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer has called for more help saying, “can you imagine nine people dying from another cause in one day in our city?”
Most deaths were in the vicinity of Vancouver’s downtown east-side. The city’s coroner said that morgues had reached capacity.
What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is an extremely strong painkiller, prescribed for severe chronic pain. It is an opioid and mimics the body’s natural painkillers, called endorphins, and blocks pain messages to the brain. The side effects can cause severe breathing problems.
Overdoses can happen anywhere, including nightclubs. The drug has been found in heroin, oxys, ecstasy, LSD and weed in some cases.
2 milligrams, or about 4 grains of salt is enough to kill an average person. In April of 2016, World icon Prince died of an accidental overdose of the synthetic drug.
Between January to October 2016, 622 people in British Columbia died of overdoses. November’s numbers are expected to be released on Monday and is expected to include at least 35 more people. In comparison Vancouver saw 11 homicides and 15 motor vehicle deaths in 2015.
Narcan is a medication that reverses the effects of opioids such as fentanyl and given via injection in cases of overdose.
Post sources: City of Vancouver, Celebrities, CBC, Global TV, BBC