FOR MANY of us, the death of Ryan Pinneo in January of 2016 was the first indication something was different. The young Kamloops man had died of a fentanyl overdose.
There were reasons this was different, and those are some of the reasons people took notice. Pinneo had a supportive family and a bright future, not the stereotypical burnout street junkie we previously associated with overdose deaths.
Yet for many, that negative stereotype remained true, and as this segment of the population saw overdose death numbers rising, they quietly said, “Good riddance to bad rubbish.”
They decried public money going toward harm reduction initiatives that would save lives, because in their hearts, they believed those lives were not worth saving.
James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.