Just Like Coke – 

Jan. 17, 2020 – Opioid use has continually increased over the years in Vancouver, and there have been thousands of recent overdose deaths in British Columbia. The vending machine is part of an overall strategy of harm reduction, which aims to reduce death and damage done to drug users who won’t or can’t stop using drugs. Other approaches being piloted in the city include safe injection sites.

 … Experts have linked increasing numbers of opioid overdose deaths to the rise of fentanyl, which is often illegally manufactured in large quantities, and significantly more powerful than other opioids popular with drug users. The wide availability and low cost of fentanyl has resulted in the drug becoming commonly used to adulterate or entirely replace other drugs before they are sold to users, who are often unaware of their true contents.



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