Canada has a Fentanyl crisis right now as the extremely potent painkiller has arrived in BC and is heading East.
WOODSTOCK - A dangerous new form of Fentanyl is making its way across the country from B.C. and it is heading East.
The drug is being shipped from China and it has resulted in a massive spike in overdose deaths in recent months. This form of the drug has not hit Woodstock; however police are taking the necessary precautions. Woodstock Constable Nikki VanLeeuwen says they are working to educate the public about the dangers of this drug.
"I think getting the message out and educating people is the key, we have a drug enforcement unit that has contact with some of the users on our streets that our educating people, the board of health is doing a great job at educating the community, educating the clients that they have through needle exchange. Helping them make better choices on safe use of drugs, Addiction Services are educating their clients, so I think the word is getting out and I just really really hope that people are cautious. As far as our police department we are doing a good job on the handling of the drug itself because a salt grain could kill someone."
VanLeeuwen says Fentanyl patches have been a problem in Woodstock for awhile now, however this new drug is even more potent.
"We have seen Fentanyl in our community in the form of patches, we haven't had Carafenatnyl, which is the new drug coming from China into our County. So it hasn't hit our streets as of yet but the Woodstock Police Service is taking precautions and educating ourselves in regards to the drug that we hope doesn't come to our community but we are not nieve to the fact that it probably will be."