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EDITORIAL – How can there be so little compassion toward fentanyl victims?

An ArmchairMayor editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

IT REALLY IS astounding how little compassion there is sometimes — especially in this season of goodwill toward all — for those who stumble.

fentayl-pillsWe have what is generally acknowledged as a crisis in this province,and across the country. People are dying in the hundreds from overdoses of opioids, a family of narcotics developed for pain relief that are at the center of the illegal drug trade.

One in particular is at the root of the current crisis — fentanyl and its cousin carfetanyl, the latter being 10,000 times more potent than morphine.

Problem is that it’s being mixed with other street drugs and users never know whether they’re getting what they’re paying for or something spiked with fentanyl or carfentanyl.

The result can be fatal. The victims are often hard-core drug addicts but not always. Sometimes they’re just partiers who make foolish choices.

Mothers with stories to tell about their sons and daughters being killed by fentanyl are becoming more common every day. They courageously speak up to raise the alarm and to ask the healthcare system to do more to fight the epidemic.

Yet there are those who take no pity, whose main concern is the cost of prevention rather than the loss of lives. They say it’s the price drug users pay, and maybe fatal consequences will be a deterrent.

As if addicts who live for their next fix will be deterred by the risk, or young people out for a good time think about the danger.

Well then, say the self-righteous — they deserve what they get.

How can life be valued so little?

mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca

About Mel Rothenburger (8243 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

3 Comments on EDITORIAL – How can there be so little compassion toward fentanyl victims?

  1. Fatal consequences for non addict dealers who are convicted and found guilty would slow the problem down.There is no drug problem in Singapore.The problem here is getting these people,who are usually known by law enforcement here and internationaly, charged.Under our present judicial system it will never happen and one could discuss that problem for ever.
    It wasn,t long ago you hung a guy who stole your horse or rustled your cow from from the first available tree.We,ve become too civilized,for want of a better word. Mathew Begbie,our very own ” hanging judge” probably believed in that old adage,” An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”.
    I rest my case!

  2. It really is astounding how little compassion and empathy there is…not sometimes.
    As a parent I teach my children well…are other parents shedding their distractions and focus on what is truly important?

  3. Well said. It is sad how many people think that way.

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