Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fentanyl all but replacing Heroin

On March 18 police busted a large drug processing lab in a Burnaby residence where police say fentanyl was being cut with heroin and other fillers. Photos of the lab released today show a filthy kitchen cluttered with drugs, chemicals, scales, blenders, and mixing instructions written on post-it notes.

"They would have recipes on their cupboards in yellow sticky memos, just like you would with baked bread or muffins," said Police. Last month, the province declared a public health emergency because of drug-related deaths.
In March Scott Pipping and Adam Summers were arrested. They remain in custody. Twenty-one charges have been recommended against them with more charges coming. A huge amount of drugs and cash was seized:

Approximately 4.5 kg heroin.
Approximately 12 kg cocaine.
Over 4,500 oxycodone/Oxycontin pills.
Over 1 kg of methamphetamine.
125 grams of fentanyl.
Nine firearms (and 2 silencers/suppressors).
Over 1.5 million in cash.
Over 100 kilograms of cutting agents.
As government data tracks a spike of fentanyl across Canada, people who use illicit drugs in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside say there is virtually no heroin left on the street after it has been pushed out by the cheaper and more potent fentanyl.

There have been 256 fatal overdoses from illicit drugs in the first four months of this year in B.C. There were 480 reported in all of 2015. Fentanyl's connection to those deaths has been surging at a staggering rate. Fentanyl's takeover is evident by how easily people are overdosing on small amounts of what is being sold as heroin.
The B.C. Coroners Service reported last week that the presence of fentanyl in cases of illicit drug overdose deaths rose from a third in 2015 to nearly 50 per cent so far this year.

The story is similar in the US. Fentanyl continues to make itself known as the newest killer on the streets with a nearly 100 percent jump in fatal overdoses countrywide last year.