While painkilling medicine has been around for a very long time, Fentanyl is a powerful addictive opioid painkiller, the use of which has caused an increasing public health threat in Canada and elsewhere.
Prompted by a drug related death epidemic that has devastated families across Alberta and indeed Canada, a former night club in Lethbridge is scheduled to become North America’s first supervised inhalation site when it opens early in 2018.
As police services struggle to address addictions and spin-off crime, it has become clear the days of a law and order-only approach are over.
Several hundred people have died from fentanyl overdoses in the past few years and critics have charged that more need to be done to curb that trend.
The practice of enhancing physical performance with ingested substances has been around since ancient times. The Greeks were known to use a form of opium; other cultures have used mushrooms and even strychnine.