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#3601 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 February 2024 - 08:16 AM

Addictions crisis frustrates and divides small Ontario city
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Belleville, Ont., remains under a state of emergency because of the overdose crisis. CBC's Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco and producer Ryan Garland spent 48 hours there to find out what lessons other communities could learn.

 

 

Lengthy CBC video:  https://www.cbc.ca/p...y/2312142915552



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Posted 27 February 2024 - 08:31 AM

When will people say enough is enough with the woke policies that are fueling the current drug crisis?

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Posted 27 February 2024 - 11:00 PM

VIDEO on X:  https://twitter.com/...530533072896253

 

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Posted 29 February 2024 - 12:25 AM

https://www.cbc.ca/n...cause-1.7126911

 

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Posted 29 February 2024 - 07:36 AM

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Posted 29 February 2024 - 09:28 AM

"The tools that we've been given to engage safer supply are not adequate for what we need. You know, we have a hydromorphone solution for a fentanyl problem, and this is sort of the equivalent of giving a baby Aspirin for a migraine."

 

 

Why can't they see this as an untenable situation?  Hydromorphone is given out as it is "safer" than fentanyl but it's "giving baby Aspirin for a migraine" and the users want fentanyl.   The only place this leads is to give out fentanyl which would void the entire argument for having "safe" supply in the first place.  I also fear the black market won't take this on the chin, the next better high is going to be right around the corner for which free fentanyl won't be seen as good.  It's a losing battle and with lots of collateral damage.


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Posted 29 February 2024 - 04:20 PM

See the subtle propaganda here.... Not drug abuse, addiction, hard drugs but rather the problem is "Toxic drug supply." And who has the non toxic supply? 

 

Nearly 200 British Columbians died from toxic drug supply in January alone

 

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Posted 29 February 2024 - 04:23 PM

As the new year begins, so too does the ongoing toxic drug crisis which has killed over 14,024 since a public health emergency was initiated in 2016.

In January 2024, the Province says that at least 198 died of toxic drug use. This equates to around 6.4 deaths per day.







Damn that toxic drug supply. If only maybe we could find ways for people to not take it.
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Posted 29 February 2024 - 06:00 PM

See the subtle propaganda here.... Not drug abuse, addiction, hard drugs, but rather the problem is "Toxic drug supply."...

I'm not sure you can even call it subtle propaganda. This choice of wording is deliberately meant to send the message that addicts can live perfectly normal, functioning lives, so long as their opioids are safe - courtesy of the taxpayers of course. 

Remember the good old days when "housing first" was going to solve all of societies' woes?


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Posted 01 March 2024 - 12:24 PM

Fentanyl gummies, safe-supply Dilaudid found in Campbell River search

Police seized more than 3,500 Dilaudid pills, including evidence that the pills had been obtained through safe-supply prescriptions


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Posted 01 March 2024 - 12:36 PM

...Police seized more than 3,500 Dilaudid pills, including evidence that the pills had been obtained through safe-supply prescriptions...

I'm shocked! Said no one with a brain.


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Posted 01 March 2024 - 01:01 PM

I'm not sure you can even call it subtle propaganda. This choice of wording is deliberately meant to send the message that addicts can live perfectly normal, functioning lives, so long as their opioids are safe - courtesy of the taxpayers of course.

Remember the good old days when "housing first" was going to solve all of societies' woes?

Not subtle to you because you have the eyes for it.
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Posted 01 March 2024 - 01:19 PM

 

I'm not sure you can even call it subtle propaganda. This choice of wording is deliberately meant to send the message that addicts can live perfectly normal, functioning lives, so long as their opioids are safe - courtesy of the taxpayers of course.

Remember the good old days when "housing first" was going to solve all of societies' woes?

 

We haven't merely shifted the goalposts over the years and decades. We've switched sports, several times.

 

If we relax attitudes about drugs then all problems will disappear
If we (aggressively) inform children and young people about drugs then all problems will disappear
If we de-criminalize drugs then all problems will disappear

If we legalize drugs then all problems will disappear

If we encourage people to do drugs socially instead of alone then all problems will disappear
If we purchase a bunch of motels then all problems will disappear
If we de-stigmatize drugs then all problems will disappear

If we provide a clean supply of drugs then all problems will disappear
 

For a while there was also that whole thing about gangs. If we crank up police budgets to go after the gangs then all problems will disappear.


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Posted 01 March 2024 - 01:57 PM

Can we appreciate now why modern society, through to the early 2000s, was such a strict society? Why anti-loitering bylaws existed? Why there was so much respect for law enforcement? Why rules and curfews and consequences at school or or work mattered?

Our forefathers knew how thin and fragile the whole thing was, but now the antagonists have figured out that all you had to do, was bog down the system.
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Posted 01 March 2024 - 02:54 PM

Seemed less strict then. New speech laws will make this entire forum a hate crime. Things are getting more strict for us regular folks.
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Posted 01 March 2024 - 10:28 PM

‘Heart-wrenching’: Toxic drug crisis claims record number of lives in Nanaimo, surpassing Victoria

 

 

At 47, Nanaimo’s Dale Hynes says he’s finally had enough of drug addiction and wants detox, but has been told he has to wait a week to get in.

“How badly do you want to go in?” CHEK News asked Hynes on Friday.

 

“Right away, like instantly. If they say I could go right now, I’d go right now,” said Hynes.

 

The father of eight was released after serving serving months in jail in February, and returned to Nanaimo’s streets to learn that 57 of his friends and fellow drug users had died of overdoses over the time he was inside.

 

“Oh, it was heart-wrenching. I could barely function. Fifty-seven really close friends too,” said Hynes.

 

According to the BC Coroners Service, there were 112 toxic drug deaths in Nanaimo in 2023, which marks a record 43 per cent increase from deaths in 2022.

 

“Everyone is becoming overwhelmed in Nanaimo, the CSO’s are being overwhelmed, the ambulances are becoming overwhelmed, and it’s a regular basis that things are happening and it becomes too much,” said Gord Fuller, a frontline worker with the Nanaimo 7-10 Club.

 

 

https://www.cheknews...ctoria-1193346/

 

 

Yet, Hynes says he will be using drugs while he’s waiting for detox, even knowing more than ever now, that each time could be his last.

 

 

 

The 7-10 Club operates a downtown warming centre on Victoria Road, and Fuller says new faces are coming in all the time as the opioid crisis hooks more people from every walk of life.

 

 

It's really not "every walk of life".


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 01 March 2024 - 10:30 PM.


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Posted 01 March 2024 - 10:43 PM

...The father of eight was released after serving serving months in jail in February...

Was his addiction being maintained while in jail? If it wasn't, would this not have been an excellent opportunity for him to detox and perhaps even begin rehabilitation?


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Posted 01 March 2024 - 10:45 PM

...new faces are coming in all the time as the opioid crisis hooks more people...

To which the experts respond with more and free opioids.  :whyme:



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Posted 02 March 2024 - 04:05 AM

The Gwa’Sala-Nakwaxda’xw First Nation (GNN) on the North Island is mourning the loss of 11 people in the first two months of the year and have declared a state of emergency over the losses.

 

The Nation says many of those who died were youth, and many of the deaths involved drugs or alcohol.

 

Paddy Walkus, a councillor and hereditary chief for Gwa’Sala-Nakwaxda’xw First Nation, says there is extreme fear in the community due to the number of deaths.

 

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The Nation’s chief administrative officer says the Gwa’Sala-Nakwaxda’xw First Nation has a population of about 600 people.

 

On Thursday, it issued a state of emergency over the recent deaths.

 

In the state of emergency, the Nation calls on the RCMP to do more to enforce bylaws and council resolutions to address drugs in the community.

 

“The RCMP have been reluctant to work with GNN in enforcing GNN bylaws and council resolutions to restrict or remove drug dealers to try and prevent dealers from bringing deadly drugs into the community,” the emergency declaration says.

 

 

 

https://www.cheknews...months-1193318/



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Posted 02 March 2024 - 06:08 AM

BC lost 198 people in January—an average of six per day—including 9 Victorians, 19 from the Central Island, and 11 from the North Island. It was BC's first month since last September with under 200 deaths, dipping 10% from the previous month and 14% from Jan. 2023. Still, it represents double the death rate of April 2016, when the health emergency began. 

 

For the first time in months, Victoria was not with Vancouver and Surrey in BC's top three townships for deaths. It was surpassed by Nanaimo, which lost 13 people. The central and north Island were also in the five hardest-hit regions.

 

Fentanyl was linked to 76% of toxic drug deaths, a drop from previous months’ 85%. The Jan. data release stressed that the Coroners Service has seen no indication that safer supply is contributing to toxic drug deaths, with hydromorphone only detected in 3% of post-mortem testing. 

 

 

 

https://app.powerbi....unnatural-death

 

 

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