Friday September 22, 2017
Fentanyl users talk addiction, overdose and how friends and family are 'dropping like flies'
more stories from this episode
- Fentanyl users talk addiction, overdose and how friends and family are 'dropping like flies'
- Laced with fentanyl: A mother is shocked by her teenage son's overdose
- 'Nobody is safe' from fentanyl crisis, says Indigenous doctor
- A father fears for his drug-using daughter's life every day
- 'I don't give naloxone very often,' paramedic says of handling opioid overdoses
- One front line worker asks friends to call her when they use alone
- Doctor's orders: Husband speaks out about his wife's fatal fentanyl prescription
- Full Episode
Drug users at pop-up safe injection site run by volunteers in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside spoke to Out in the Open about their experiences with fentanyl.
Here are a few of the things we heard:
► "You get used to it, I mean, it's very potent...anything less than that, it's just weaker. So now, you want that."
► "I've been using intravenous heroin or opioids of one sort for over 33 years, and I've never overdosed until this last year. I've dropped twice."
► "I did a line, it didn't take me more than 30 seconds of just feeling a little bit nauseous and weird and I sat down and started to talk to somebody, I was trying to focus hard on him because I knew that it wasn't right. Within a minute, I was down on the ground."
► "Fentanyl, it takes the pain away. You know, it makes you feel good. You're feeling great, and before you know it, you're addicted to the damn thing."
► "Friends and family are dropping like flies and there's no end in sight, as far as I can see."