Posted by: Squint
Drug toxicity, not overdose. Fentanyl is so potent that lack of quality control in the illegal market supply is leading to deaths because people don't know what they're buying, or how potent it is. This is the argument for safe supply. Surprisingly, criminals aren't great at mixing drugs; this is why Walter White made such good meth.
Also the risks of death from skin contact are very overblown.
Yeah, I'm just not a fan of the term toxicity. But to that point, a lot of deaths are happening to recreational/inexperienced/new drug users who can't handle fentanyl, which is reflected in the leading cause of death for 10-18yr olds as also being drug overdose, or toxicity. Part of my issue with the toxicity label is that it carries certain connotations and is typically applied to specific users groups. It seems that people in Vancouver/BC tend to think of addicts as a homeless or unstably housed person who is also a street criminal, but the issue is further reaching than that. Plus, with the current state of housing this issue is probably going to continue to get worse as the vulnerably housed and even those working full time lose their housing and run the risk of ending up on the street. I'm starting to wonder if people have become immune to the issue or are trying to ignore it due to the stereotypes that exist. There is a lot of stigma in society cast towards people who are addicts or die from overdoses and it seems like there is far more interest on fixing the street crime issues associated with homelessness and addiction than there is on fixing the causes of homelessness and addiction.
All that is not to say that the issue deserves more attention because "regular" people are dying or the associated crime is becoming worse - quite the opposite in fact, but I think it's important that people who aren't regular drug users are aware of how dangerous drug use can be these days.