Ottawa’s opioid crisis: Highly addictive fentanyl ravages Canadian capital
18 November 2023 | 8:33 am
In Canada, the opioid crisis is so widespread that even the neighbourhood around parliament is overrun with drugs. Ottawa, the federal capital, has been hard hit by an increase in drug trafficking and with it, overdoses and crime. Just like in the US, authorities are blaming the high addictive painkiller fentanyl, an opioid 100 times stronger than morphine. Nearly 40,000 Canadians have died from overdoses since 2016 and in 75 percent of cases, fentanyl was to blame, according to Health Canada.
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