in his Armchair Mayor column says, "Help fentanyl labs make a safer drug"
I however, will continue to say, "Arrest, charge with attempted murder,
and throw the manufacturers of this deadly poison in jail for a VERY LONG
In his commentary he quotes the Dr Tyndale, of the BC Centre for Disease Control, as stating that the, "... manufacturers don't know what they're doing and they're putting out ridiculous concentrations of these drugs."
Seriously ... that's what a university trained mind comes up with? The reality is these turds (I really wanted to use something stronger but held back) simply do not care, in the least, about the death and misery they hand out in the dark spaces they inhabit.
crisis really only started to show up, as a possible upcoming problem, in 2011. Yet in just six short years it has become
That despite supervised injection sites opening all over the province,
including here in Kamloops ... public education ... more training for those
working at the street level with marginalized people, as well as health care
workers ... thousand of Naloxone kits being handed out and available in problem,
and public, areas ... and an injection of $10 million dollars from the federal
government, sent to BC, to 'help fight
the overdose crisis'
Let's see how well all of this is working for those at street level, who are addicted to drugs.
In 2011 there were just eight fentanyl related drug deaths ...
2012 ... 20
2013 ... 332
2014 ... 368
2015 ... 518
2016 ... 935
year? From numerous news stories I have
read, it appears BC will be seeing in excess of 1,500 deaths. That is not just tragic --- it's criminal.
He indicated the possibility that the government’s resolve on evidence-based decision-making and progressive justice policy may begin and end with public opinion.
So what is the reality?
The B.C. Appeal Court said street-level fentanyl dealers should receive sentences of between 18 and 36 months, or longer, rather than the current range of six to 12 months.
And the same story had this from Saskatchewan Justice Richard Danyliuk, regarding a case he was presiding over:
A Kamloops judge declined to consider the presence of fentanyl an aggravating factor in handing down B.C.’s first sentence for trafficking the highly potent and potentially deadly synthetic opioid ... Matthew Hickson was handed a 28-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking — one for cocaine, the other for fentanyl.
In Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth.