Another Half Dozen Overdose Cases Recorded
Prince George, B.C. – Between December 5th and 11th, there were another 6 overdose cases in Prince George, three of which happened on the weekend.
There are no reports of any deaths.
Northern Health Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Sandra Allison says the needle exchange ( operated under the HIV Aids Prevention site) has extended its hours from the normal 1pm to 6 pm Monday through Saturday, to 1 pm to 8 pm and adding Sunday to the openings.
While the number of overdoses in Prince George has been slowly dropping over the past weeks, Dr. Allison says it’s too early to say if this is a positive trend “I would like to think that I could be optimistic, but unfortunately we’ve seen this waxing and waning core for several months. I believe with the advent of carfentanil showing up, we already know we’ve seen Furanylfentanyl and some other analogs in the Province, I suspect this ( dip in cases in P.G. ) is just a bit of a lull. I am really interested in trying to address the primary drivers but in the meantime we just have to ensure that we protect people and keep them safe.” She says, sadly, even if fentanyl disappeared tomorrow, there would be something to show up to fill the gap “There seems to be a continuous conveyor belt of substances that continue to add to the supply.”
Meantime, the Federal Government has introduced new legislation that would make it easier to open up a safe injection site. Bill C-37 cuts the number of requirements for a safe injection site from the current 26 to just five. The bill is also said to ban the importation of pill presses unless Health Canada has pre-approved the importation. The legislation also gives Canada Border Services increased ability to inspect packages coming from other countries.