Fentanyl education starting earlier

Councillor Jim Boldt (left) chats with Councillor Jim Graff before council Tuesday September 26.
Posted on: September 27, 2017

Sally Smith

Councillor Jim Graff reported on the Zone 2 Ontario Association of Police Services Board presentation he attended in Renfrew on Sept.22. The principal speaker, Deputy Chief Tim Farquharson, from Peterborough, took attendees through a quick overview of fentanyl and the growing crisis in this country.

Graff said it scared the living hell out of me.

Fentanyl is the the drug of choice because its cheap. The source is China and it can be sent through the mail. Two kilograms cost a buyer $2,800, but with buffering, powder added and pill making it can sell on the market for $20 million to $30 million.

Graff reported that Farquharson said police talk about life preservationfor users but a manslaughter charge for dealers.

Education is being offered to school grades as young as kindergarten. In 2016, there were 2800 deaths and in 2017 that number exploded.