OVERDOSE: Southside Fentanyl and Cracked Cocaine

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Reports have just hit our newsdesk regarding an incident around 7:00 am this morning at a southside motel located on Kingsway Ave and shares the same name as the roadway.

Our source tells us that a woman overdosed while using fentanyl and cracked cocaine. She was found unresponsive.

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Narcan was not readily available but people were spotted giving the woman CPR in an attempt to revive her.

Luckily, the woman was then revived and transported to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centres emergency department where she is expected to make a full recovery under the watchful eye of the expert healthcare team there.

Crack laced with fentanyl.

Narcan is a drug that temporarily reverses opiate overdose symptoms and can often buy people the time they need to survive long enough for healthcare professionals to arrive. This drug is available at no cost at almost any pharmacy. Ask your pharmacist how you can get a Narcan kit. (The government pays for it so you don’t have to upon pickup.)

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22 Replies to “OVERDOSE: Southside Fentanyl and Cracked Cocaine”

  1. When she gets out, the first thing she’s likely going to do is find more dope and continue the habit. Put another bullet in the chamber, spin the cylinder and pull the trigger.

    These crackheads are an enormous strain on our EMS, police, healthcare, welfare and legal systems. What’s in it for society to provide Narcan for free to keep these burdens to society alive?
    Someone please to enlighten me?

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    1. Again another person who thinks he knows all about addiction. Narcan saves lives. Buddy you have no idea who this person is or what she is going to do when she gets out. Addiction knows no boundaries. People like you are a dime a dozen. Did you know probably not but your an expert on addiction right? 90% 0f People with addictions have suffered major trauma in their lives. Instead of judging her and anyone else read up on the addictions and get the facts.

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    2. Gord:

      Have you ever noticed that the preponderance of participants here disagree with you?

      Your “90%” figure is bullshit. Most of their trauma likely started after deciding to f*ck themselves up with drugs.

      I know lots of people who’ve faced terrible personal events and challenges, who didn’t fold like a cheap suit and handled their trauma with courage. They didn’t go running to a drug dealer looking for an “escape”, which would ultimately destroy them.

      Life is all about choices. People who have had personal trauma issues have options. Seek professional medical help or go for the drugs? Pretty sure no one put a gun to their heads forcing them to become addicts. Make the wrong choices and they own it.

      People like you make it easier for the weak to choose drugs. You coddle them and virtually encourage them to continue with their poor choices and they know how to exploit your weakness. Between people like yourself and a myopic govt that provides free Narcan, the problem is getting bigger not smaller. Thanks for that.

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  2. Obese people and people who eat fast food, sugar and all the other crap that makes them fat and diabetic cost social and health systems MORE than addicts by quadruple. They’re actually more of a burden on society. Maybe we should let them die, and and not treat smokers, either, using your mentality.

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    1. Beeve:

      I’m up for that too.

      I have no sympathy for anyone who voluntarily subjects themselves to potential health issues due to their life choices. Including smokers and over-eaters.

      Along with druggers and alcoholics, they own the health problems they create.
      Load the gun, spin the cylinder and pull the trigger. You’re on your own.

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    2. Please do yourself and others a favour.
      Research the causes of diabetes.
      And amongst other things, Sparky, not all people who are diabetic are fat. Many are thin.
      Just dont want you to embarrass yourself again.

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  3. Beeve and Gord Sorry to piss on your parade but any addiction is a choice. If it was not then everyone on this planet would be addicted to the poison of their choice. You can be addicted to anything. Drugs , food, sex whatever floats your boat. Beeve where do you get your facts to support your position that diabetics cost the system more than quadruple than drugs whether it is narcan, the use of resources like ER visits police, EMS etc, meth clinics, needle exchange programs or lost productivity? You did not provide any actual numbers. Did someone just tell you that and like those fast food junkies , you gobbled it up? There are in fact some doctors who will not treat smokers as long as they continue to smoke. And I applaud them. Anyone who thinks that Narcan saves lives is uniformed. Narcan just prolongs the death march. Narcan is no miracle. Narcan is a drug and like any other drug, eventually your body can develop a tolerance to it and it will become ineffective. So dont tell me Narcan saves lives. It does just the opposite by creating a false sense of security. The only ones who really benefit from Narcan are the big Pharma’s. Only a junkie can save their own life by getting clean. Not you, not me, not Narcan.

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    1. hey johnny wanna bet Rex aint answering you cause he already knows dealing with an asshole is like trying to nail jello to a fucking wall. That ought to answer your question.

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    The Vancouver physician argues that empathy is still missing for those battling addiction
    CBC Radio · Posted: Aug 31, 2018 8:03 PM ET | Last Updated: August 31, 2018

    Dr. Gabor Maté is re-releasing his book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts to address the current state of the opioid crisis. (Michael Moster)

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    In 2008, Dr. Gabor Maté released his best-selling book about the opioid crisis.

    Now, 10 years later, he is re-releasing In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction with an update to address the state of the opioid crisis today.

    The retired physician spent more than a decade working with addicts in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. His book chronicles the lives of people struggling with addiction.

    How the opioid crisis could turn library workers into emergency responders
    Treating addiction requires both science and compassion, says Dr. Gabor Maté
    In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts is often cited by first responders and those affected by addiction, although Maté also has plenty of critics.

    But despite the book’s lasting impact, Maté argues that empathy for those battling addiction is still lacking in 2018.

    He spoke to Day 6 guest host Rachel Giese about his book.

    Why was it important for you to re-release the book with an update on the opioid crisis?

    Since the book was published 10 years ago, it’s had quite a resonance in this country, in the U.S. and abroad. People far-flung have told me that it saved their lives, it changed their view of addiction or it made a big difference to their families.

    But the fundamental issue is that the book addresses — the origins of addiction and a sane and humane way of treating adiction of all kinds — has not become mainstream practice or awareness yet.

    So I think the message is very important, especially in light of the current opioid overdose crisis where we’re seeing untold numbers of people dying for preventable reasons.

    An anti-fentanyl advertisment is seen on a sidewalk in downtown Vancouver. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
    What’s the most common false assumption that’s made about people struggling with addiction?

    There are two dominant ones. The first one is that addiction is a choice that somebody makes, that people choose to be addicted and therefore they need to be punished for it — because how do we deal with bad choices? We punish them.

    Now, the other belief, which is the mainstream medical perspective, which is more humane and more forward-looking, is that addiction is a disease of the brain that’s more or less inherited genetically.

    That, at least, doesn’t blame people — because you don’t blame people for genes they inherit — and it offers the possibility of treatment rather than punishment. But it also ignores the historical, social and personal factors rooted in trauma that really are the causes of addiction.

    We’re seeing much more open-mindedness about harm reduction and programs to alleviate the suffering and death toll from addiction. But we haven’t gone nearly far enough.
    – Dr. Gabor Maté , author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
    How is Canada contending with this health crisis in your opinion?

    I have to say a whole lot better than I might have hoped or at least expected 10 years ago when I wrote the book.

    Because when the book came out, we still had a federal government that was completely against supervised injection sites, for example, or the provision under observed circumstances of prescribed heroin to dependence users who needed it. We had a completely retrograde federal policy which has opened up quite a bit under the current administration.

    We’re seeing much more open-mindedness about harm reduction and programs to alleviate the suffering and death toll from addiction. But we haven’t gone nearly far enough.

    Ontario just elected a provincial government that is ideologically rooted in much the same mire that the previous Conservative administration was stuck in, so we’ll see what happens. It’s two step forwards and one step back. But it’s much more encouraging now.

    A naloxone anti-overdose kit is shown in Vancouver. Maté says Canada is more open-minded about harm reduction and programs when it comes addiction. However, he says we haven’t gone far enough. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)
    The way that you think about the root causes of addiction goes against the grain of a lot of other people that are working in the field who say that this is a disease of the brain — whereas you argue that the root cause is childhood trauma. What do you say to those who argue that your take doesn’t reflect the full answer?

    I don’t boil it down to a single root cause, and I agree that it is a disease of the brain. The question is, what’s the origin of the disease? What I invite those critics to do is to look at the scientific literature.

    We know now that the human brain develops in interaction with the environment, and that which circuits develop and which brain chemicals will be present depends very much on the emotional environment in which the child grows up.

    We know how this works on the biochemical and the neurophysiological level. The problem is that this brain developmental science has not been taught in medical schools yet. Even though it’s 30 years old, it still hasn’t entered the medical curriculum.

    The average medical student does not get a single lecture on trauma. They don’t even hear the word in medical school when it comes to psychological trauma. So how would they know anything about it?

    Having said that, I don’t rule out some genes that may have played a role, and I don’t rule out other factors. But I’m saying trauma is the common significant factor.

    A man stops to read a mural by street artist Smokey D. about the fentanyl and opioid overdose crisis in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)
    What do we do to combat the despair that could amplify the problem of substance abuse and addiction?

    I think we live in an insane culture. By insane, I mean a culture that does not meet real human needs. It meets our physical and economic needs, for the most part, for many people — at least in the privileged West.

    But at the same time, it alienates people. It cuts people off from themselves, from their gut feelings, from nature [and] from other people. It sets people against each other. We’re destroying the earth. It’s a very unhealthy system that we’re living in right now.

    So where’s hope in that? Hope in that is people realizing that we live in troubled times, to look for solutions within themselves and within their communities and … recognizing our spiritual nature, that we have needs beyond the physical ones.

    We have to look at the other needs we have that this way of life just does not satisfy.

    This transcript has been edited for length and clarity. To hear the full conversation with Dr. Gabor Maté, download our podcast or click listen above.
    But everyone is going to say I know more addictions then someone who has spent years helping. Read the book watch his videos. Gord

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    1. One, left leaning, bleeding heart’s opinion.

      If he’s so knowledgeable, please do tell us why he hasn’t any solutions for the drug crisis? Anyone can sit and create theories and make excuses, which this author seems adept at. How about some ideas to curb chronic drug abuse and lifelong addiction?

      If you haven’t noticed, the problem has gotten much worse, despite the author publishing his musings on the subject, despite govt sponsored injection sites, despite free naloxone, despite free Narcan. Lots of sympathy and making of excuses but no solutions……

      I have a solution. Take away Narcan, Naloxone and injection sites and let nature take it’s course.

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    2. So now we blame poor genes and a lack of empathy from main stream society? Poor genes or not, you still have the CHOICE to give in to your addictions for seek help for them. I guess that is why only the strong survive!!

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    3. Gord in this article the Dr’s desire for empathy for drug addicts is commendable. He also states “untold people are dying for preventable reasons” And that is entirely true. I disagree with his claim that society punish the junkie. The junkie punishes themselves quite nicely on their own. The world has no shortage of those who shift the blame for their own behaviors onto others. Drug addicts are no different. The biggest obstacle to helping junkies are the junkies themselves. There is help for junkies as there should be, but if they continually refuse that help and choose getting high over getting clean then they own it , not the rest of society. I am not responsible nor do I not feel guilty at all for someone else who chooses to get high. Drug addiction is a totally preventable disorder and personnal choice is the most assured way avoid it.

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  5. Don’t expect losers like Rex to take the time and understand real doctors who put the actual time in with patients and understanding addiction and how to treat it. These know it all armchair experts spout off the same ignorant drivel on each story because they weren’t raised right. It’s sad they see everything as covered in shit because their sad little lives are puny and desolate.

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    1. Bakshi , What shithole did you flee from? Someone needs to inform you that people in this country are still allowed to formulate and express their own opinions on issues. At least it used to be that way in this country. But many of us can see the writing on the wall. We are heading down a road where freedom of speech will only be allowed when it conforms to the ideology of those with power. There are too many narrow minded twits who are opposed to freedom of speech because they fear truth. Those twits have not received an education.They have been indoctrinated. Who the hell do you think you are that you are allowed trash other peoples opinions? Oh my bad. I forgot. Only ideas or opinions that are in agreement with yours are allowed.

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  6. Gord There are as many theories for causes of addictions as there are drugs. You are right that there has also been much research done to determine if addiction has a genetic or hereditary link. Even if someday researchers are able to prove that genetics or heredity can make people more susceptible to becoming an addict, it will not justify someone participating in that behavior. There are plenty of people out there who had alcoholic parents and they themselves are not alcoholics. So that will need to be researched too. The bottom line that can not be disputed when it comes to drug use is that people always make their own decision whether to do drugs in the first place or not. Unless of course some is holding a gun to their head.

  7. She will most likely succeed doing herself in one of these times, and they have not all had trauma’s earlier in their lives. I wish these people that live in the past get a life. Lots do and life is good. She may have started with weed and then progressed to more sophisticated drugs. Weed is the gateway to other drugs and that is a statistic, although the Liberals didn’t tell you that. Not everyone goes past the weed but many do. I read somewhere that these Narcan kits are worth 100.usd and to me that is a lot for taxpayers to fund and you can get mad all you want at me for stating this fact but if you do, then I would believe that you are not a taxpayer of Thunder Bay, the melding pot of trash.

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