What you need to know about the opioid crisis in Prince Edward Island

What you need to know about the opioid crisis in Prince Edward Island

October 29, 2021 Comments Off on What you need to know about the opioid crisis in Prince Edward Island By admin

B.C.’s opioid crisis is becoming a national issue.

With the deaths of more than 500 people and the opioid overdose death rate at more than five times the national average, it’s become the focus of national and international attention.

But as the number of fentanyl-related deaths in British Columbia’s cities, towns and suburbs increases, the debate is now being played out in Prince George.

“It’s not just Prince Edward Islanders, it is a national concern, and the conversation needs to be a national one,” said Dr. John Schulman, a health officer at the Prince George Health Department.

Schulman has been studying fentanyl deaths in Prince Philip and the Cariboo region since late 2016.

He said the recent spike in overdoses is just the tip of the iceberg, with fentanyl-involved deaths in some B.G. cities rising to over 500 per year.

“The rate of fentanyl overdose deaths in our cities has grown by about 200 per cent,” he said.

“When you look at what happened in Prince William and the Islands, it was in excess of 100 fentanyl-suicide incidents per day.”

Schulmans analysis shows Prince George, in the Caribou, is the most vulnerable in the province to the fentanyl epidemic.

In the past year, fentanyl-linked deaths in B.M. and Prince Edward Islands have increased by more than 1,500 per year, he said, compared to just 300 per year in Prince Charles and B.E.H.M.’s cities.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark said fentanyl-associated deaths are a national problem that will take a long time to resolve, but she hopes the province can take advantage of the new opportunities it is opening up.

“This is the new normal in this province,” she said.

“We need to continue to work with our partners, the provinces, and all sectors to find solutions to address this challenge.”

Fentanyl is one of the most dangerous drugs on the market, with a high potential for abuse.

The drug is highly addictive and can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, psychosis, panic attacks, agitation, hallucinations, seizures and even death.

It’s also extremely difficult to detect and treat.