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16 years

VANCOUVER - Andrew Leach, a major Coquitlam fentanyl trafficker, who sold more than 50,000 of the deadly pills in a year, was sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug and firearms charges. (Vancouver Sun)   PREVIOUS:   Manslaughter plea in Sept 30, 2009 death of James William Bell   


Mussels test positive

SEATTLE - Scientists at the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife have found that mussels in Seattle's waters are testing positive for opioids.  (BBC)

Victim of 'privacy law'

VICTORIA - Elliot Eurchuk, 16, died of a drug overdose in Victoria.  Subsequent toxicology tests showed fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and crystal methamphetamine in his system.  Rachel Staples and Brock Eurchuk believe their son - who'd been struggling over the preceding 2 years with a string of injuries for which he had been prescribed opioids for pain - took illicit drugs to help him sleep.  Now, the grieving parents are speaking out, saying provincial legislation allowed Elliot to hide his problematic substance use from them and hampered their efforts to help.   (Globe & Mail) 


Opioid deaths

OTTAWA - There were 2,946 deaths believed to stem from opioids across the country in 2016 and at least 2,923 from Jan to Sept of last year, the vast majority of them accidental, according to data made public Tuesday. PHAC estimates that the total number of deaths in 2017 will be more than 4,000.  (CP)

Warning sticker solution

Updates to opioid mortality data

BC drug overdoses

Overdose deaths in BC Jan 2007-Sept 2017  .pdf

Drug checking to be expanded

Settlement approved

Attempt to settle

Sham settlement 

Purdue Pharma   OxyContin

Conflict of interest lapse

Review of guidelines ordered 

Stress, not exposure

Look to the streets

Mexican cartels emerging threat 





Origins of an epidemic

Purdue Pharma

Patent sparked Canada's opioid crisis

BC's overdose crisis

2017 there were 1,208 deaths

Shipments from China

Killer high

BC drug project

BC ODs surpass 2016

Where the tax money is going

Canada's crisis part 1   Part 2

Fentanyl booming

Drug Analysis Service

Opioids prescriptions  

Not charged with murder?

Courts too lenient

June 2017 BC drug death numbers  

Outrun by criminal chemists

Latest trends in ON opioid related deaths    .pdf  

Drug industry conflict  

2017 Canadian guidelines for Opioids  

New guidelines 

Fentanyl used as OxyContin replacement

Legal action considered

FN bans outsiders 

Fentanyl in most drugs 

Provinces clamp down on OxyContin

Year of overdoses

DTES cheque day

Aim to control chemicals

Too toxic to touch  

Fentanyl tested as chemical weapons for decades 

Ordering from China is easy  

Charges piling up

Manslaughter charge  

Back to the start

Fentanyl patch forgeries fooling ON's pharmacists 

How heroin capital solved its overdose crisis 

From opium to fentanyl

Pharmacy finds fentanyl in 90% of street drugs  

More babies born with opioid addiction

Treatment to get patients off opioids 

Carfentanil in Van

Dealer gets 14 years  

China listing opioids as controlled substances

Fake pill ring 

Euthanasia in Canada 

Trafficking charges decline

Chinese companies willing to export carfentanil  

Customs refusing to screen some packages   

Shipment from China seized 

Fentanyl scourge up close


RCMP reaches agreement with China

Agreement with China

How reliable is China as a partner  

Chronic pain sufferers struggle 

Police move to treat OD's as homicides

3 bodies found 

Coroner trying to catch up

BC's fentanyl crisis

BC death toll

Opioids abuse spending 

Spaces for drug users

BC overdoses

BC spending guesses

Drug overdose deaths in BC   .pdf    

BC medical premiums skyrocket to pay

All opioids, not just fentanyl

Huge profit margins  

Prevention kits


Stronger than fentanyl    

Carfentanil in AB 

Carfentanil found in Vancouver 

Doctors flagged

Police find liquid fentanyl

Killer high   

Overdosing at remand centre

Corrections trying to stop overdoses

Latest plan  

Inmate access to clean needles draws debate

Invented over 30 years ago

Public health emergency

Surge in fatal OD's

W-18 questions 

W-18 seized in Edmonton

Synthetic opiates ahead of drug laws

Inside an epidemic

Rise in fatalities

BC drug overdoses

Mounties need more cash

Overdose deaths

Spike in OD's  

Addiction over pain relief

488 for 2016   .pdf

Drug Threat Assessment 2015   .pdf

Fentanyl deaths bulletin  .pdf  

New super drug warning 

MB task force

Easier access to OD drug 

4 deaths in NL this year

Fentanyl kingpins

Suspected fentanyl overdose

Death of 31-year-old North Van man

2 SK deaths

Sudden death

75 deaths in BC 

Addicts on reserve

Vancouver OD's

Record number of OD's

Painkiller politics

Little known replacement  

Pharmacists to get fentanyl off the streets

Prescriptions for alternatives to OxyContin

Fentanyl used as OxyContin replacement

Fentanyl substitute for OxyContin which is a substitute for heroin

When the prescription becomes the problem

Perverse incentive  

Deaths climb

New rules give drug maker a monopoly

Opioids tied to deaths

Growing danger

Fentanyl lab bust 

AB spike in fentanyl deaths

Death linked to W-18 

Fentanyl response is simple   

Call for 'antidote'

Deadly problem

100+ deaths in AB in 2014 

New opioid standards to tackle abuse 

Rave drugs

'Killer heroin' in Montreal

Overdose rate 4 times average    

Dark side of remittance money

OxyContin drug replacement

Marketing blamed  

Opiate overdose deaths rising

Getting to tomorrow   


No withdrawal strategy

Cocktail of medications connected   



Where's the outrage?

Oxy ban a mixed blessing

Study published  

Drugstore robbed of Oxycontin

New restrictions is not enough  

Withdrawal warning 

National prescription abuse strategy 

Tide of opioid addiction


Drug abuse strategy 

Oxy warning     

Ontario creates Oxy withdrawal plan  

Painkiller use rising  

Chronic pain sufferers face stigma

OxyContin addiction on the rise

Health plan funds killer drug  

Prescription drug abuse inquest  

Provinces clamp down on OxyContin

Selling of OxyContin

Painkiller abuse reaches 'epidemic' level

OxyContin maker sends phase-out notice

Painkiller abuse

Withdrawal warning     

Healthcare fraud

WASHINGTON - The US JoD announced charges against 412 people for taking part in healthcare frauds and opioid-related crimes that cost taxpayers about $1.3B.  The arrests came as part of what the department said was the largest healthcare fraud takedown in US history. Those arrested included 120 doctors and other people charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioid painkillers.   (Reuters)

412 charged

DoJ press release 

Drug maker turned to Giuliani

Rudolph W. Giuliani 

1+in 10 experience chronic pain

Ohio overdoses

Coroners likely undercounting

2016 Ohio population 11.6M 

1 paragraph research 

Research 'letter'   .pdf


Cherokee Nation


Cardinal Health


CVS   Walgreens   Walmart

Drug company lawsuits 

Drug threat assessment

FDA bans generic OxyContin

Burden of opioid-related mortality

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