Williams Lake RCMP Warns Parents about Perils of Fentanyl
Williams Lake, B.C. – With kids back in school, Mounties in Williams Lake are reminding parents to educate their children about the dangers of drug use.
Inspector Jeff Pelley, the officer in charge of the detachment, warns parents in a letter that over 433 people have died between January and July 2016 in British Columbia as a result of an overdose.
“According to the BC Coroner fentanyl was detected in approximately 62% of those cases,” he writes. “The families of these people have been left devastated and their lives will never be the same. After examining several recent fentanyl-related calls for service, the Williams Lake RCMP is issuing a warning to parents about the dangers of fentanyl and other drug use.”
Pelley notes that fentanyl is “up to 100 times more toxic than morphine and a small amount can cause serious harm or death.”
He says W compounds are also appearing in the illegal market noting W-18 is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, “making it over 10,000 times more potent than morphine.”
Pelley says fentanyl can be found in fake Oxycodone and Percocet tablets and heroin. He says fentanyl has also been found in other drugs such as powder cocaine, crack cocaine, MDMA, and meth.
To make matters worse, Pelley says users can’t “see, smell, or taste it” meaning a user would have no idea how much fentanyl may be in the drug they are about to consume.
He says drug users come from all “social-economic, cultural, and religious backgrounds” and that it’s important for parents to “never to automatically assume your child hasn’t already or isn’t already thinking about experimenting with drugs.”
Pelley recommends parents take the time to learn more about drugs and drug prevention and discuss it with their kids.
He says signs that your teen is using drugs include:
- Increased secrecy about possessions, friends and activities
- Use of incense, room deodorant, or perfume to hide smoke or chemical odours
- New interest in clothes that reference drug use
- Increased need for money, or
- Missing prescription drugs – especially narcotics or sedatives