Prince Albert Daily Herald, 15 Jul 2017 – The lethal danger of fentanyl is becoming well-known. No one knows precisely how many people die per year in Canada from opioid overdoses. Last year, there were 922 opioid overdose deaths in B.C. alone, and more than 340 overdose deaths in Alberta were specifically from fentanyl. While Saskatchewan numbers are much smaller and their official count is unclear at this point, the drug’s lethal toll may well be on the rise in this province as well; it is clearing coming east from the coast and from Alberta. Fentanyl is a pain killer, once used solely in veterinary treatment of large animals. It is an opiate, used effectively by medical specialists, especially surgeons, but used inappropriately, it is very dangerous. Unfortunately the drug is also used illicitly as a mood-modifying, recreational drug. It is often used unknowingly by youth, or with careless abandon on an experimental basis, after being acquired on its own through illicit street transactions or laced into other drugs. It is also used by intensely addicted individuals living a lifestyle expressing an intention of gradual suicide.
from MAP – Drugnews – Saskatchewan http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v17/n227/a05.html