FENTANYL AND BEYOND
Fentanyl use and distribution has exploded in Canada over the last couple of years, and it’s going to get worse before it gets better, and fentanyl seems to be just the tip of the iceberg.
Increasing access to naloxone, safe injection sites, and increased opioid reporting and early-warning systems will help, but won’t stop the market for the drug from increasing.
The practice of drug producers and traffickers cutting their product with supplemental substances is not new. But the use of fentanyl and other opioids to do so is not only uncommonly deadly, it can also clearly trace its roots to the “the national crisis of prescription painkiller abuse, and associated medical prescribing practices.”
“Anchored between domestic criminal entities and those based in China, the Internet – via the surface web and the dark web – continues to serve as the main gateway for a thriving, open illicit opioid marketplace in Canada.”