In fact, most people can't even tell you if it's a liquid or a powder, or if it's smoked, injected, or snorted. That's why we decided to find out everything there is to know about Fentanyl, so you can be better informed.
Because the biggest danger when it comes to Fentabyl, is ignorance.
1. What exactly is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl was first synthesized as a pain medication in the 1960's, by a man named Paul Janssen. It was marketed under the name Demorrol, and since 2012, Fentanyl has become the most widely used synthetic opioid in medicine.Fentanyl comes in many forms. A liquid version can be injected intravenously for anesthesia and sedation. There are also patches that release small dozes over time to manage pain. There are intranasal versions you can inhale, as well as lozenges, lollipops, and pills.
Recreationally, Fentanyl typically comes in powder form, or as part of the ingredients found inside pills such as ecstasy.In medicine Fentanyl goes by the name: Sublimaze, Actiq, Durogesic, Duragesic, Fentora, Matrifen, Haldid, Onsolis, Instanyl, Abstral, and Lazanda
2. Why is Fentanyl so dangerous?
The real danger with Fentanyl is how potent it is. Even when it's used in small doses in a medical setting, it can be very dangerous for people who haven't built up a tolerance to opiates. When medically prescribed, Fentanyl patches have still managed to kill many children, because it stopped them from breathing in their sleep.
As for the recreational versions, Fentanyl powder is very hard to dilute properly, which results is extremely potent mixtures that can easily be lethal.
3. How strong is Fentanyl?
Recreational use of Fentanyl started in the 70's and many analogue forms have popped up since. Most of these are actually stronger than heroin.It can be ingested, smoked, snorted, or injected. It is sometimes sold as heroin and cocaine, which causes overdoses in unsuspecting victims.
Lately, Fentanyl has been used as a way to make low quality heroin and cocaine stronger, which is what caused an outbreak of overdose deaths in the United States and Canada.
4. How many people does Fentanyl kill?
For the last 2 years, Canada has seen a high rise in Fentanyl overdoses. The drug is coming from Asia in powder form and is being pressed into pills that closely resemble OxyContin. Peopel take these pills thinking it's something else and they OD.Recreational drugs such as cocaine, heroin and MDMA have also been found to contain Fentanyl. Many users aren't aware of this, so they overdose on Fentanyl without even knowing they ingested it.
There have been so many Fentanyl deaths, that it has been declared a public health crisis in Canada. In 2016, deaths from fatal Fentanyl overdoses in British Columbia, averaged two persons per day. And on December 15, 2016, 9 people died in a single day.
5. How is Fentanyl use going to be stopped?
So what can you do to protect yourself? Well it's simple, don't do any of the drugs that may contain Fentanyl. (Cocaine Heroin, MDMA, Ecstasy, OxyContin)
If you really really don't want to stop doing these, at the very least try to procure some strips to test whether or not your drugs contain Fentanyl. However, these tests aren't always reliable in detecting analog versions, so unfortunately the best prevention is abstinence.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
A startling 46% of seafood samples sold in restaurants and grocery stores in four major Canadian cities were mislabelled, according to a report published Wednesday by the non-profit group Oceana Canada.
Often, low-cost knockoffs were pawned off as fancy fishes; out of a total of 94 samples, all 24 of butterfish, yellowtail and white tuna were mislabelled and over half of the samples labelled snapper was actually tilapia, "a much cheaper" fish.
Furthermore, there were 10 occasions where products labelled butterfish or tuna turned out to be escolar, a fish that "can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and is banned from sale in several countries," according to a news release.
Despite promises to tackle the issue, seafood fraud has been an ongoing problem in Canada. Oceana's multi-year DNA testing study found the Canadian city with the most fake fish was Montreal, where 52% of the samples were mislabelled, though Ottawa and Toronto did nearly as poorly, with mislabelling rates of 50% each.
Sayara Thurston, a seafood fraud campaigner, highlighted the need for better traceability systems to detect foul fish before they hit our dinner plates. "Buying fish shouldn't be a guessing game. Canadians deserve to have confidence in the seafood they eat."
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If you aren't already psyched to watch Canadian athletes win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, here's a whole new reason to be eager for Olympic glory: free doughnuts.
For every gold medal Canada wins, Laval-based pastry chain Mr. Puffs is giving away five free honey and cinnamon or sugar and cinnamon Puffs, which are bite-sized Greek-style doughnuts, at any one of their stores.
This means that you, too, can enjoy the sweet flavour of victory from the comfort of your own home, without the need for incredible natural talents and years of body-shredding, sweat-inducing training.
According to the company website, Puffs are traditional Greek doughnut holes (called loukoumades), invented thousands of years ago by the ancient Greeks and enjoyed by Olympians of old.
If the win happens after 9 p.m. or overnight then the prize is valid the next day, so keep an eye out for news of athletic victories.
To win, all you have to say is, "go Canada, go!" at the cash register. The promotion ends August 8 and doesn't apply on any delivery platforms, so you'll have to make the athletic feat of getting to the store.
At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.