Topic: b.c. fentanyl fix


Looking at the fentanyl fix through the lens of history

This week we have been looking at potential solutions for the fentanyl crisis. But the reality is that we've been here — many times before. And we'll likely be here again

THE FENTANYL FIX: 'The fundamental problem is we live in a screwed up world'

Dr. Carol Ann Saari will never forget one of her patients describing how she got herself to work every day: by dropping acid to escape the gut-wrenching effects of sexual abuse flashbacks.

How fentanyl enters Canada, and what's being done to stop it?

According to the Canada Border Services Agency, China is the principal source country of the fentanyl that makes its way into Canada.

Addicts helping addicts: navigating the perilous road of drug recovery

The Vancouver Recovery Club has been hit hard by the opioid crisis: it's a place where former addicts help people struggling to get clean.

The faces behind B.C.'s fentanyl fix

There are many voices wading into the debate over how to stem the rising number of overdoses in B.C. Through our series The Fentanyl Fix, we've examined those differing points of view.

Why comparing B.C.'s overdose crisis to those in other countries is difficult

British Columbia's numbers seem high, but there's a reason people are reluctant to put them in global context
The Fentanyl Fix

How decriminalizing drugs helped Portugal solve its overdose crisis

In 2012, Portugal had just 16 deaths, or 2.3 for every million people in the country between 15 and 64 years of age.

Iceland is beating teenage substance abuse — Could B.C. follow suit?

Government programs have significantly reversed drinking and drug use in Icelandic teens over the last 20 years.

Fixing fentanyl means treating trauma that creates addicts

Addicitons expert says we shouldn't be asking why the addiction, but why the pain in the first place.

Mother of drug-addicted daughter calls for changes amid fentanyl crisis

It is the phone call Linda Davidsen increasingly fears. Ever since the opioid crisis started, she has worried the next time she picks up the phone it will be the police on the other end telling her her daughter, Cheyenne, has died from a drug overdose.
Point of View

Why we all have to be part of fixing the fentanyl crisis

"When I hear the sad song of sirens that ring out in my neighbourhood every day – all day long – I am dreading the story I will hear -- whether this person has made it or not."

Psychiatric care a major part of tackling fentanyl crisis

According to a psychiatrist who spends a lot of his time in the Downtown Eastside hotels and alleys finding people struggling with mental health issues, the fentanyl overdose crisis can't be solved without addressing the mental health component.

'The pain is just never-ending': Making the case for long-term opioid use

Like many drug users, Heather Fugere experimented before she started taking opioids regularly. First there were the Tylenol 3s. Then there was the Tramadol. But it wasn't until a bad fall led her to the emergency ward where she discovered Oxycodone.

Mother of overdose victim warns of dangers of opioid prescriptions and doctor shopping

Trina Saby is urging physicians to be more cautious when prescribing opioids, after her son overdosed on a morphine prescription when he was 27 years old.

Fixing fentanyl needs investments in health and housing to break deadly cycle

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says the fentanyl crisis is hurting the city's vulnerable residents the most. He says provincial support for those people, including housing and health care, will be critical to saving lives.

In Surrey we are tackling the fentanyl problem together

Surrey mayor says building relationships with 'street entrenched' people is key to breaking down resistance to getting help

'Odd Squad' cops say prevention, not more harm reduction, needed for fentanyl crisis

“I don't support elements of harm reduction that are legalizers in sheep's clothing there,” says a retired police officer who served for many years on the Downtown Eastside. He's part of the Odd Squad, a group that works on drug abuse prevention.

B.C. health minister says neither side of the drug debate should be stigmatized

After every story CBC does on fentanyl and the overdose crisis in B.C., we get an overwhelming number of audience emails and comments. Some are sympathetic to the addict, but a substantial number are not.

And the band played on: Overdoses, death and a resistance to change

The head of B.C.'s drug policy coalition says legally regulating drugs like fentanyl is the only way to stop deaths.

Drug users share ideas to fix fentanyl crisis

CBC News asked street drug users in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside their opinions on what might reduce the number of people succumbing to fatal opioid overdoses.
Point of View

'Mom, I would like you at my grad': The call that turned 1 addict's life around

A former addict turned peer counsellor is gratified to be a "shining light" for others battling addiction at St. Paul's clinic.
The Fentanyl Fix

Why pain education is linked to B.C.'s fentanyl crisis

"It's a crisis of pain, of dependence, of addiction."

Woman's death sparks 'something between relief and agonizing sorrow'

The head of the Atira Women's Resource Society explains the challenges helping the vulnerable deal with drug addiction in the midst of the fentanyl crisis.

Prescription heroin program ready to rapidly expand

A limited program run out of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has about 130 people receiving injectable opioid treatment, but its operators say it could immediately expand, if given the green light.

The pill to manage addiction: why so few doctors are prescribing Suboxone

Despite its effectiveness, so few doctors in this province prescribe Suboxone or even know how to. The complex nature of the drug and the shortage of those trained to administer it are just some of the barriers to it being more widely distributed in B.C. than it is.

What if we cured fentanyl addiction through genetics?

Genetic testing and personalized medicine have gotten a lot of attention recently as potential solutions for myriad health concerns — but could they help solve British Columbia's fentanyl crisis?

Injectable opioids homegrown solution to fix fentanyl crisis

Save lives and money by expanding a successful program, says the head of Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic.

Strengthening our response to B.C.'s opioid crisis

B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake says tragedy could lead to a new approach to help people battling addiction. Terry Lake shares his views — in his own words — in our series exploring solutions to B.C.'s overdose crisis

Addictions should be treated with the same urgency as wildfires

B.C. NDP leader John Horgan says slow response forces families to pay huge bills themselves.

5 different ways fentanyl was smuggled into Canada

Nearly a 1,000 people died last year from overdoses in B.C. and many of those deaths are suspected to have been caused by fentanyl. Here are some of the ways the drug has been smuggled in Canada.

Naloxone still an important tool to fight fentanyl crisis, expert says

Despite concerns the opioid antidote naloxone doesn't address the root cause of the fentanyl crisis, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control's Jane Buxton says naloxone is still an important life-saving tool.

How do you cut off the fentanyl supply to B.C.?

On Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, opinions on how to solve the fentanyl crisis are as common as the haunting murals on the walls above the alleys where addicts shoot up.

Could blocking illegal fentanyl from China solve the B.C. opioid crisis?

Experts weigh-in on what effect cutting off illegal fentanyl supplies into B.C. could have on the current opioid crisis.

Exploring potential solutions to B.C.'s opioid overdose crisis

Over the next week, we'll be taking a look at different strategies different levels of government could take in combating B.C.'s worst drug crisis in a generation.

Fixing fentanyl with naloxone alone won't work

Experts worry officials may be pushing too hard on a solution that doesn't address the root cause of the problem.