In 2015, there were 274 Fentanyl-Related Deaths Too Many in Alberta

Fentanyl is solely responsible for the death of 274 Albertans in 2015.

If you’re going to do drugs, please… just don’t let it be Fentanyl. This drug is 100 times more toxic than morphine, heroin, or oxycodone. Of course, staying away from drugs entirely would be the best option.

In the just 365 short days of 2015, the lives of 274 people in Alberta alone, were quickly taken away by the use of Fentanyl.

… That is 274 people too many.

In many of the deaths where traces of Fentanyl was found, several other drugs were found in their blood stream as well. Let this be a caution to you that Fentanyl can easily be found in the other drugs being illegally purchased off our streets.


In fact, let it be known that the drug responsible for taking away Prince’s life was Fentanyl as well.

At least with heroin, the user has a chance for recovery after a relapse. With Fentanyl, you can be killed before you even know what hit you…

Fentanyl and drug money bust in Edmonton
Fentanyl and drug money bust in Edmonton (photo via Edmonton Sun)

Here’s what Fentanyl is mainly used for:

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a schedule II prescription drug, and it is typically used to treat patients with severe pain or to manage pain after surgery. It is also sometimes used to treat patients with chronic pain who are physically tolerant to other opioids.

DrugAbuse.Gov


Fentanyl has an enormous list of side-effects. Have a look at it [here].


Know someone with a drug addiction or problem?

You see, everyone around an addict knows he or she needs help, but often enough, the addict themselves don’t even know it.

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If you know someone struggling with a drug addiction in and around Edmonton, please call [780-427-4291 for adults] and [780-644-3627 for youth].

Please be sure you know what you’re taking.
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Jody Mitoma

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  • Mike Christy
    June 7, 2016 at 12:04 PM
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    It’s their choice to use the drug, unless they are bound and it is forced into them. Yes, it is horrible for the affected families, but I personally feel that those who take it deserve the consequences. It’s simply natural selection.

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    • Dana Rachel
      June 8, 2016 at 6:20 AM
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      Ever lost someone to an overdose? Ever had someone close to you who struggle with addiction? Then STFU.

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    • Mike Christy
      June 8, 2016 at 7:48 AM
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      I have actually. I miss him everyday, but that doesn’t change that he was an absolute idiot and did it to himself

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  • Leila Klos
    June 7, 2016 at 3:39 PM
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    My Dad is on Fentanyl – because he is in a hospice dying. We’ve all heard about Prince OD’ing on this drug. It is a very dangerous med that should only be used at end of life. Don’t make it YOUR life!

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    • The Talk of Edmonton
      June 7, 2016 at 3:41 PM
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      Sorry to hear about your father, Leila. <3 But yes, it should only be used in a hospital setting, that's for certain.

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  • Dana Rachel
    June 8, 2016 at 6:22 AM
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    If you are going to use opiates, use with a friend and have a naloxone shot on hand. Do not use this drug alone.

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